The White House has chosen André Ashley, sports management supervisor for Portland Parks & Recreation as a "Let's Move! Champion of Change." Ashley, a 10-year parks employee, will be recognized at a "Champion of Change," event March 22 at the White House.
The awards honor "leaders who are doing great work to increase access to physical activity for youth in their community."
"Anytime a field, court, or gym is in play in Portland, André and his team are behind it in some way," says parks zone manager Doug Brenner.
Ashley has worked with NIKE to bring sports resources and opportunities to Portland's youth.
Commissioner Nick Fish says he's proud of Ashley's work. "André tirelessly provides the programs, partnerships, and places that keep athletes of all ages at play in Portland," he said. "His leadership guarantees that Portland Parks & Recreation offers many ways to stay active and healthy."