PORTLAND, Ore. – Portland Thorns FC midfielder Tobin Heath was awarded the 2016-17 Harry Glickman Award for Female Professional Athlete of the Year as part of the Oregon Sports Awards presented by Nike, it was announced Sunday evening at the Oregon Sports Awards show held in Beaverton, Ore., at Nike World Headquarters.
The Female Professional Athlete of the Year, an award named after legendary Oregon sports promoter, executive and one of the founders of the Portland Trail Blazers, Harry Glickman, is awarded to an outstanding male and female professional athlete with an Oregon background or who played for an Oregon-based team during the calendar year.
Heath, 29, guided Thorns FC to their first-ever NWSL Shield in 2016, as Portland posted the league’s best record of 12-3-5. The Portland midfielder earned NWSL Best XI honors in her fourth season with the club, setting an NWSL single-season record with 10 assists.
A standout for the U.S. Women’s National Team, Heath was named U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year in 2016. Appearing in her third consecutive Olympics, Heath finished the year with a career-best six goals and eight assists, including two assists in three starts at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Harry Glickman Award/Female Professional Athlete of the Year Winners:
2016-17: Tobin Heath – soccer
2015-16: Brianne Theisen-Eaton – track and field
2014-15: Mary Cain – track and field
2013: Alex Morgan – soccer
2012: Megan Rapinoe – soccer
2011: Megan Rapinoe – soccer
2010: Mariel Zagunis – fencing
2009: Mariel Zagunis – fencing
2008: Kara Goucher – track and field
2007: Kara Goucher – track and field
2006: Christine Sinclair – soccer
2004: Inge de Bruijn – swimming
2003: Maria Mutola – track and field
2002: Marla Runyan – track and field
2001: Tiffany Milbrett – soccer