• 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.

  • 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