New to SneakerBall VI is an interactive awards program. For the first time in the history of SneakerBall the public voted for the winners in categories that define excellence in athletic performance, franchise leadership, community sponsorship and media coverage.
SneakerBall VI was held last night, September 15, at the National Building Museum and raised $600,000 for the Greater Washington Sports Alliance Foundation! Steinberg has some fun photos on the Bog today.
AND THE AWARDS GO TO......
D.C. Sportsperson of the Year: ALEXANDER OVECHKIN!!!!
- Second year in a row. Ovi called DC his second home during his acceptance speech and also said, "just can't wait to start playing some games and win some games and go to the playoffs and try to win the Stanley Cup."
Sports Executive of the Year: Presented to the executive who has best displayed leadership, creativity, and poise while increasing the organization’s brand awareness.
- Vice President and General Manager of Washington Capitals
- Served for 12 years as Vice President and General Manager of the Washington Capitals
- Provided solid direction for the Capitals franchise by instituting a team-first philosophy that has extended from his hockey operations staff to the players on the ice
- Led a Capitals organization that has grown from a lottery team to Southeast Division champions in each of the last two seasons
- Acquired the No. 1 overall pick in 2004, Alex Ovechkin, the first player in league history to win both the Calder Trophy and the Hart Trophy in a three-year span
- This season (2008-09) was the first time in McPhee’s tenure that the Capitals consisted entirely of players he had acquired (via draft, trade, free agency or waivers)
- Under his leadership the team has claimed four Southeast Division championships (1999-00, 2000-01, 2007-08 and 2008-09), five 40-or-more win seasons (1997-98, 1999-00, 2000-01, 2007-08 and 2008-09) and a club-record 108-point season (2008-09)
Alexander Ovechkin Regular Season Goal: Ovechkin scores a phenomenal goal against the Montreal Canadians (18th Feb. 2009)
Corporate Sponsor of the Year: Geico
Solid Character Award: Chris Cooley, Washington Redskins Tight End (Mike Green lost to Cooley)
Best Sports Feature: Remembering Sean Taylor - Lindsay Czarniak, WRC-TV-NBC4