Champions for Kids Autograph SessionPresented by Zeppoz
VIP Meet n' Greet: 1:30pm
Supporting the Regional High School Athletic Training Program-- keeping student athletes safe and healthy.
Join us at Zeppoz, and meet Drew Bledsoe, James Donaldson, Jason Gesser, Jack Thompson, Rueben Mayes, and Connor Halliday!Pullman Regional Hospital Foundation has teamed up with famous sports champions to provide an exclusive autograph session and silent auction at Zeppoz in Pullman. A VIP meet and greet ($150) is followed by a champion signing session ($75). One ticket gets you one autograph each, from all champions! All event proceeds support a new program under the hospital's Orthopaedic Center of Excellence to provide our local high school students of Colton, Garfield-Palouse, Potlatch and Pullman, exceptional athletic training services.
VIP Experience – SOLD OUT!
The VIP Experience will provide you an opportunity to interact with all the champion athletes including one autograph from each person, with no waiting in line! This exclusive experience will occur from 1:30 – 2:00 PM and will be limited to only 25 individuals. Photo opportunities are available with the VIP Experience.
Champion Experience – Cost $75
The Champion Experience includes the opportunity to receive one autograph from each of the champion athletes. Athletes will be available to sign autographs starting at 2:00 PM. Individuals will be organized in groups to receive autographs in the order of their purchase, so reserve your spot early! The Champion Experience will be limited to the first 400 individuals. Please note a ticket provides only ONE AUTOGRAPH for each Champion Athlete.
- Advanced purchased experience tickets will be made available for pick up the day of the event, at Zeppoz
- Tickets can be picked up on site as early as 1:00 PM
- Only one autograph from each athlete per purchased experience ticket
- Photo opportunities will be available with VIP Experiences. Photo opportunities may be allowed with Champion Experiences if time allows.
- Silent Auction items including autographs of a variety of different athletes will be available for bidding on site.
- Individuals may bring their own item to be signed or items will be available for purchase on site.
- Athletes reserve the right to turn down signing out of the ordinary items.
- Event tickets are non-refundable unless the event is cancelled. Refunds will not be given if you are a no-show at the event.
These famous sports figures are donating their time to help our kids!
Before being the number one overall pick in the 1993 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots, Drew Bledsoe quarterbacked the WSU Cougars for three seasons from 1990-1992. The Walla Walla, Wash. native was a two-time All-Pacific-10 Conference performer, earning Pac-10 Offensive MVP honors and First Team All-American honors as a junior. During his final season at WSU, Bledsoe finished eighth in the Heisman Trophy voting and was a semifinalist for the Football News Offensive Player of the Year and the Davey O’Brien Award (nation’s top quarterback). Bledsoe led the Cougars to a win over Utah in 1992 Copper Bowl, earning MVP honors while passing for then-WSU bowl game records of 476 years and two touchdowns. He is among the top-5 in WSU’s all-time list in passing yards, touchdowns and completions. Following his Cougar career, Bledsoe went on to play 14 seasons in the NFL, mainly for the Patriots but also for the Buffalo Bills and Dallas Cowboys. The four-time pro bowler retired fifth in NFL History in pass attempts (6,717) and completions (3,839), seventh in passing yards (44,611), and thirteenth in touchdown passes (251). He was inducted into the WSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002 and the New England Patriots Hall of Fame in 2011.
James Donaldson was a starring center at Luther Burbank High School, CA who later made his mark on the basketball court at Washington State University (1975-1979). In his four seasons at WSU, he averaged 8.5 points per game and 8.1 rebounds per game in 84 games. As of 2015, he was the all-time leader in career blocked shots (176), blocks average (2.1), single-season blocks (82 in 1977–78), single-season blocks average (3.0 in 1977–78) and single-game blocked shots. He was inducted into the Pac-10 Sports Hall of Fame and WSU's athletic hall of fame in 2006. Donaldson was drafted by the Seattle SuperSonics in the 1979 NBA draft and also played for San Diego/L.A. Clippers, Dallas Mavericks, New York Knicks, and Utah Jazz. He was an NBA All-Star in 1988 while playing center for the Dallas Mavericks. He played for several teams in the European Leagues in Spain, Italy, and Greece, and he toured with The Harlem Globetrotters to wrap up his career. Upon retiring from basketball in 2000, Donaldson settled in the Seattle area, where he runs the Donaldson Clinic, a physical therapy center in Mill Creek, WA. James established The Donaldson Clinic in January 1990 (shortly after a career threatening knee injury) with an idea that he would eventually become a physical therapist. He is also a motivational speaker, book author, and ran for the non-partisan office of Seattle mayor. In 2010, Donaldson was the recipient of the NBA Legends of Basketball ABC Award, awarded for outstanding contributions in Athletics–Business–Community. Currently, he serves as a director for the China Service Center for Friendship and Cooperation with Foreign Countries Studying Abroad Department to provide students study abroad and cultural exchange programs.
Quarterback Jason Gesser guided WSU Football through one of the most successful periods in Cougar history from 1998-2002. The Honolulu native earned First Team All-America honors and was the Pacific-10 Conference Co-Offensive MVP as a senior, finishing his Cougar career as a three-time All-Pacific-10 Conference selection and a four-time Academic All-Pac-10 honoree. Gesser left WSU owning school records in a number of offensive categories, including career starts (34), total yards (9,007), pass attempts (1,118), completions (611), touchdown passes (70), 200-yard passing games (27), wins by a starting quarterback (24), consecutive games with a touchdown pass (25) and is the only player in program-history to be elected team captain three times. During his career, he appeared in 40 games, made 35 starts, led the Pac-10 in passing yards as a junior, was the first Cougar to throw for 3,000 yards twice and also led WSU to the 2003 Rose Bowl as a senior. Following his playing career, Gesser coached in high school and at the University of Idaho and Wyoming. He returned to Pullman in 2014, joining the Cougar football broadcast team as an analyst while also working for the Cougar Athletic Fund. Gesser, along with his coach Mike Price, was inducted into the WSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 2016.
Connor Halliday is best known his NCAA single-game passing record. As quarterback (2010-2014) for Washington State University, the Spokane, WA native threw for 734 yards against the California Golden Bears in 2014. In his debut as a redshirt freshman, Halliday passed for 494 yards in a 37-27 defeat of Arizona State. He also earned marks for most completions in a single game, 58, and most attempts, 89. Halliday was celebrated as the New Mexico Bowl MVP in 2013 and is a two-time Pac-12 Honorable Mention.
All-American running back Rueben Mayes donned a Cougar uniform from 1982-1985 for head coach Jim Walden. The North Battleford, Saskatchewan native earned All-America honors as a junior and was named Pacific-10 Conference Offensive MVP in his junior and senior seasons after leading the conference in rushing both years. As a junior, Mayes finished tenth in the Heisman Trophy voting after rushing for a then-WSU single-season school-record 1,637 yards and tying the top mark of eleven rushing touchdowns in a single season. Also during that year, Mayes set at WSU, Pac-10 and NCAA record with 357 rushing yards against Oregon. He is one of only two Cougars to rush for 1,000 yards in two different seasons and went on to finish his career atop the WSU career top-10 charts in rushing yards (3,519), rushing attempts (636) and is third in career rushing touchdowns (23) and overall touchdowns (26). Mayes later became a third-round draft pick of the New Orleans Saints and went on to play seven years in the NFL, garnering Rookie of the Year honors in 1986 and earning trips to the Pro Bowl in 1986 and 1987. Mayes was also the recipient of the Harry Jerome Award, given each year to black leaders in Canada as recognition for their contributions in athletics, community service, academics and creative arts. He was inducted into the New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame in 2004, the College Hall of Fame in 2008, and the WSU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2009. He currently serves as the Chief Development Officer for Pullman Regional Hospital.
Jack Thompson, "The Throwin' Samoan," of Tutuila, American Samoa, started his career at Washington State University as starting quarterback for the Cougars from 1976-1978. Thompson set Pac-10 records for pass attempts (1,086), pass completions (601) and total plays (1,345). During his senior year, he was named a First-Team All-American by The Sporting News and finished ninth in the voting for the Heisman Trophy. He concluded his college career in 1978 as the most prolific passer in NCAA history, throwing for 7,818 yards. He was all-conference three times and either first-team, second-team, or honorable mention All-American three times. He is one of only two players in WSU history to have his number retired. Thompson was a first-round draft choice, and third overall pick of the NFL Draft, of the Cincinnati Bengals in 1979 and played until 1982 before playing for two years as starting quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. After his football career, Thompson settled in Seattle and is still active in recruiting and coaching talent in Samoa. He is a member of the inaugural class of the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame.
Thank you to our champions for supporting the Regional High School Athletic Training Program!
Support Our Student Athletes!
Bid on one-of-a-kind autographed items procured exclusively for this event:
- Rick Barry Autographed 8x10 (Inducted into Basketball Hall of Fame 1987)
- Raymond Berry Autographed 8x10 (Inducted into Football Hall of Fame 1973)
- Bonnie Blair Autographed 8x10 (5 Time Olympic Gold Medalist)
- Deone Bucannon Autographed 8x10 (All American for WSU Football)
- Bill Buckner Autographed 8x10 (1980 National League Batting Champ)
- Brandi Chastain Autographed 8x10 (Two-Time Gold Medalist for USA Soccer)
- Bob Cousey Autographed 8x10 (Inducted into Basketball Hall of Fame 1971)
- Jim Craig Autographed 8x10 (Goalie for 1980 US Men's Gold Medal Hockey Team)
- Bobby Doerr Autographed 8x10 (Inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame 1986)
- Ryan Doumit Autographed 8x10 (10-year MLB player)
- Danny Duffy Autographed 8x10 (MLB Pitcher and World Series Champion)
- Kenny Easley Autographed 8x10 (Inducted into Football Hall of Fame 2017)
- Craig Elho Autographed Floor Board (WSU Alum and 14-year NBA Veteran)
- Mike Eruzione Autographed 8x10 (Member of 1980 USA Miracle on Ice Olympic Team)
- Jennie Finch Autographed 8x10 (All American Softball and Gold Medal Winner)
- Rollie Fingers Autographed Baseball (Inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame 1992)
- Dan Fouts Autographed 8x10 (Inducted into Football Hall of Fame 1993)
- Goose Gossage Autographed 8x10 (Inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame 2008)
- Jason Hanson Autographed Kicking Tee (Record Setting NFL Kicker)
- Scott Hatteberg Autographed 8x10 (14 Year MLB Player and Cougar MVP)
- Greg Holland Autographed 8x10 (3-Time MLB All Star)
- Dan Issel Autographed 8x10 (Inducted into Basketball Hall of Fame 1993)
- Ferguson Jenkins Autographed Baseball (Inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame 1991)
- Charlie Joiner Autographed 8x10 (Inducted into Football Hall of Fame 1996)
- Al Kaline Autographed 8x10 (Inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame 1980)
- Steve Kerr Autographed Basketball (5-Time NBA Champ Player and 2-Time NBA Champ Coach)
- Jason Kidd Autographed 8x10 (10-Time NBA All Star)
- Peyton Manning Autographed 8x10 (5-time NFL MVP)
- Rick Mirer Autographed 8x10 (AFC Rookie of the Year)
- Greg Norman Autographed 8x10 (2 Time Winner of British Open and for PGA Player of the Year)
- Robert Parish Autographed 8x10 (Inducted into Basketball Hall of Fame 2003)
- Gaylord Perry Autographed 8x10 (Inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame 1991)
- Mike Price Autographed 8x10 (1997 National Coach of the Year and 2 Time PAC-10 Coach of the Year)
- Chris Pronger Autographed 8x10 (NHL Hart Trophy (League MVP) Winner)
- Mike Ramsey Autographed 8x10 (Member of 1980 USA Miracle on Ice Olympic Team)
- Jim Rice Autographed 8x10 (Inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame 2009)
- Nick Saban Autographed 8x10 (First coach in college football history to win a national championship with two FBS schools)
- Sterling Sharpe Autographed 8x10 (5-Time NFL Pro Bowler)
- Lee Trevino Autographed 8x10 (Winner of 6 Major Championships. Golf Hall of Fame.)
- Charlie Ward Autographed 8x10 (Heisman Trophy Winner 1993)
- Donald "Slick" Watts Autographed 8x10 (NBA Steals Leader)
Regional High School Athletic Training Program
A Regional Need
Pullman Regional Hospital (PRH) has contracted with the Colton School District for 16 years to provide athletic training services for student-athletes during practices, games, and camps in addition to providing treatment to injured athletes—at no additional cost—at PRH’s outpatient physical therapy clinic. While the cost of providing these services have far surpassed the contracted rates the school district can afford to pay, the benefit for these young athletes is priceless, especially as ramifications of concussion injuries have become more deeply researched.
Expanding Services for our Student Athletes
The needs of our youth, the recognized value of this program for the Colton School District, and the vision of the orthopaedic surgeons for a long-term sustainable program is the catalyst behind expanding the athletic training program to three additional schools: Garfield-Palouse, Potlatch, and Pullman High School.
An organized program ensures high school athletes are well prepared for activities, properly and efficiently treated for injuries and can return to play safely and quickly.
The expansion of this program is being developed through the Orthopaedic Center of Excellence, a partnership between Pullman Regional Hospital and Inland Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine; Pullman Regional Hospital Foundation; and Washington State University Athletic Training Program.
To meet the needs of each high school, a certified athletic trainer (ATC), employed by Pullman Regional Hospital, will serve each school, assisted by up to two Washington State University student athletic trainers.
ATCs will work in conjunction with student-athletes and their families, coaches, ATCs in training, and physicians at Inland Orthopaedics, with the goal of providing consistent and efficient treatment, triage and prevention of sports injuries.
In addition to receiving care on the field, athletes will have access (at no cost) to a weekly clinic for athletic training evaluation, treatment, and orthopaedic surgeon consultations.
Our Commitment to Student Athletes
- A vision to building a sustainable long-term program with consistent return-to-play goals
- 3-year contract with each high school for full-service athletic training benefits
- A comprehensive program, tailored for each school which works best for their individualized needs
- Athletic trainers will attend practices and games based on the schools’ unique needs
- All athletes injured during their sporting event will have access to weekly clinics (at no cost) held at Pullman Regional Hospital’s Summit Therapy & Health Services
- All athletes will have timely access to evaluation and treatment with Inland Orthopaedics physicians
- Funding to supplement the school contracts and pay for the program will be provided by Pullman Regional Hospital with support from the Pullman Regional Hospital Foundation through philanthropy
Pullman Regional Hospital Foundation
Event contact: Alison Weigley
Assistant Director of Development, Marketing & Major Gifts
Pullman Regional Hospital Foundation