• Moving From the Sidelines to the Stands

    In five years of coaching the Forest Grove boys soccer team, Coach Angelo Simonetti led his Vikings to a 40-30-11 record, four playoff appearances and the state quarterfinals in 2012. He hung up his whistle at the end of last season after his team had yet again qualified for the Class 6A playoffs. But he’s not leaving Forest Grove student-athletes in the lurch: He just needed more time to cheer his own three children on as they compete.

    Simonetti has a 10-year-old son who plays football and basketball, a 12-year-old daughter whom he is readying for high school volleyball in two years, and an older son who as captain of the Tigard High School soccer team led his squad, the Tigers, to the state playoffs his senior year. In fact, the Vikings beat the Tigers narrowly, 3-2, in what turned out to be the final season for both the father and son.

    But as the coach told The Oregonian last fall, “I’m going to be there and watch games and always cheer for the kids. Forest Grove is my family. You don’t have an ex-family.”

    Vikings athletic director Doug Thompson was clear about his requirements for Simonetti’s replacement.

    “I really need the next coach to understand that it’s not just about winning soccer games, it’s about developing kids and making sure they graduate and making sure they’re making a positive contribution in the community. We really had a change during his tenure with that,” said Thompson.

    The new coach will have big shoes to fill. Thanks for setting the pace, Coach Simonetti, as a role model and a fan!

    Les Schwab Tire Centers is a proud sponsor of the Oregon School Activities Association.

  • Working with FFA Student Members to Fight Hunger

    Every October, the student members of the FFA help collect as much food and funds as possible for the annual Drive Away Hunger Initiative (#DriveAwayHunger). Les Schwab stores across Oregon were able to take part in the campaign as a drop-off location for donations as well as a pick-up location for special collection bags.

    This year’s initiative brought in 456,546 pounds of food. That’s enough to provide 342,420 meals to deserving families.

    The Oregon Food Bank has seen a 40% increase in demand for emergency food boxes since 2008. That steady increase is why FFA student members work so hard every year to help collect food and funds. With their motto of “learning to do, doing to learn, earning to live, and living to serve,” the more than 6,500 Oregon FFA members are doing their part to end hunger. Their hard work and dedication have not gone unnoticed. Les Schwab locations throughout Oregon look forward to helping again next year.

    You can learn more about Oregon FFA at oregonffa.com.

  • Recognizing High School Sports Excellence

    Les Schwab is proud to help recognize high school sports teams for their dedication and performance on and off the field. Already, top teams from 1A through 6A have been chosen for September, October, and November, with the rest of the 2018-2019 academic year to be named as nominations are compiled and winners announced by the Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA).

    Teams that are chosen as the Les Schwab Tires Team of the Month receive a commemorative trophy along with a cash donation to the team’s program. Past winners, as well as the current nomination form, are available at the OSAA website.

    Learn more about OSAA and its drive to ensure equitable competition throughout Oregon high schools.

  • Raising Awareness with Pink Fridays

    It’s exciting when you can support a great cause such as Susan G. Komen Oregon & SW Washington and the Race for the Cure®. Once again, Les Schwab employees in Oregon and SW Washington showed their support for breast cancer awareness with a bi-weekly September event called Pink Fridays.

    Wearing pink polos on select Fridays in September was just one of the many ways we supported the cause. In addition, fundraisers were held all month long in stores throughout the region to help with the Treatment Access Program that provides patients with gas, food and lodging. We also held car washes to support the Susan G. Komen Latina Initiative.

    “We are honored to have worked with Susan G. Komen Oregon & SW Washington over the past nine years to help people fight this terrible disease,” said Aaron Smithers, manager, Portland Powell Blvd.

    The Race for the Cure® took place on Sunday, September 16, 2018, at Tom McCall Waterfront Park in Portland. The event is expected to raise just over $700,000 for research, care, community, and action in the fight against breast cancer.

    Les Schwab is honored to do what we can and bring as much attention and support to breast cancer awareness in the communities we serve and beyond.

    Les Schwab employees support the cause with pink tutus