The Hillsboro Hops announced Wednesday, July 7, a new partnership with tech company Lam Research to recognize individuals who have stepped up to support others and make a difference in the community.
"These Community Champions" show the true spirit of empathy and human kindness and we want to share their stories," the partners announced in a press release.
The Hillsboro Hops are asking people to nominate community members they think are deserving of recognition, including, but not limited to, medical staff, first responders, teachers, counselors, delivery drivers and more.
"There have been many challenges that have impacted our beloved communities this past year, but these challenges have also put the spotlight on the amazing individuals who have put others before themselves," said Hillsboro Hops senior director of people and culture Jen Anderson. "In partnership with Lam Research, the Hillsboro Hops wanted to develop a program that would allow us to share the work of these selfless people and remind everyone that there are 'Champions' among us."
Nominations can be submitted through the Hillsboro Hops website at hillsborohops.com,
"Champions" will receive a digital baseball card that will be shared via the Hops' social media platforms as well as tickets to a future Hops game, where they will receive in-game recognition for their contributions.
The deadline for submissions is Aug. 10 to allow for game selection.
The partnership is among several charitable community engagement programs sponsored by the minor league baseball team, including the Hillsboro Hops Fund at the Hillsboro Community Foundation, the purpose of which is to develop and establish a community benefits program with the goal of promoting, fostering and supporting education, health, culture and youth activities in the greater Hillsboro area.
Lam Research, which is based in Fremont, California, but has offices in Hillsboro and a campus in Tualatin, continues its involvement in the community. The company, which manufactures equipment used in the production of semiconductor chips, also sponsors programs designed to aid local high school and college students pursuing careers in the tech sector.
Editor's note: This story has been updated to clarify Lam Research is headquartered in California but has operations in Washington County.
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