2022 Special Awards Salute: Blake Timm (GNAC), Bob Kenworthy Community Service Award

2022 Special Awards Salute: Blake Timm (GNAC), Bob Kenworthy Community Service Award

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Blake Timm – Great Northwest Athletic Conference, Assistant Commissioner for Communications

Bob Kenworthy Community Service Award
Presented annually to a CoSIDA member for civic involvement, community service and accomplishments within and/or outside of the sports information profession. Voted on by the Special Awards Committee.

by Jay Stancil – Union College (Ky.), Director of Strategic Sports Communications / CoSIDA Special Awards Committee

Service is at the heart of what it means to work in athletics communications. Time and again, sports information directors go the extra mile for their student-athletes, teams, and institutions.

As the saying goes, “SIDs make it happen.”

Blake Timm is definitely one person who makes it happen not only in college athletics but also in the community as well. In addition to pouring in countless hours in his role as a SID since 1999, Timm serves his community in a myriad of ways as he as tallied up over 200 volunteer hours in each of the past for years.
Blake Timm with his wife, Melissa, and youngest daughter, Hannah, following the 2019 Rotary Club of Forest Grove End of Year Celebration at the end of his year as president of the club.

Because of this heart of service, it is easy to see why Timm is CoSIDA’s 2022 Bob Kenworthy Community Service Award recipient. The honor is presented annually to a member for civic involvement and accomplishments outside the athletic communications office.

“Blake Timm has a long, established history of giving back to his campus, his community and this profession in a variety of ways, including Habitat for Humanity, the Rotary Club, his local church, his running club, CoSIDA and serving at numerous conference, regional and national championships,” said Jeff Hodges, North Alabama Senior Associate Athletic Director and CoSIDA secretary. “His more than 20 years of service to CoSIDA has already been recognized with the Warren Berg Award and a Hall of Fame induction. He is also deserving of the Bob Kenworthy Community Service Award.”

This life of service was instilled in Timm as a child by his father.

“When I was growing up, my dad was involved in a lot of organizations dedicated to conserving wildlife habitats like Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and other foundations,” Timm elaborated. “So, I would see him doing the work there with fundraisers, and he would get my brother and I involved as well.”

Timm went on to note that by the time he was a junior in high school he was working as the emcee for these wildlife dinner auctions which would have up to 300 people attending. Even before then, he was involved in student government in junior high and high school.

With the mindset of “service was a way to get involved and do something,” Timm got his introduction to the sports communications profession in a service type way.

“When I was a freshman in high school, I asked our athletic director about doing public address or scoreboard at games,” he said. “I knew I wasn't going to be paid. There was no expectation of that. I just wanted to be involved.”

Timm first joined the SID ranks in 1999 at Pacific University (Ore.), a position he held until 2015 when he became the Assistant Commissioner for Communications for the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. Since his early days as a SID, Timm has poured himself into CoSIDA in serving in variety of ways. A small sampling of his involvement includes:
  • Two terms on the CoSIDA Board of Directors from 2004-10
  • College Division Management Advisory Council from 2008-14, serving as the chair from 2011-14
  • Special Awards Committee from 2015-present, serving as the Vice Chair since July 2021-present
  • Secretary of the Division II Sports Information Directors Association from August 2021-present 
  • District Coordinator for the Academic All-America Committee from 2003-09
  • CoSIDA Executive Director Search Committee from Oct. 2007-March 2008
  • Chair Membership Services Committee from 2009-13, helped develop CoSIDA’s first online Membership Resource Library
These contributions along with many, many others are why Timm has already been recognized by CoSIDA as the 2017 Warren Berg Award winner and as a Hall of Fame inductee in 2020. But Timm is not the type of person to sit idlily by while there are others to help.

Timm’s service to his community is nearly as extensive as what he has contributed to CoSIDA and the profession. An active member of Forest Grove United Church of Christ, he is currently serving as the moderator, which is the top lay leader in the church who runs the executive board meetings and serves as the liaison between the senior minister, church staff, and the congregation. Timm has also served as the master of ceremonies and live auctioneer for the church’s Caring for our Community auction for 10 of the last 12 years, helping the church raise nearly $100,000 all-time.

An active member of Rotary Club of Forest Grove, Ore., since 2010, Timm has served as the club’s webmaster since 2011 and was the Club President from July 2018 to June 2019.

Timm was the master of ceremonies for the West Tuality Habitat for Humanity’s “Hearts for Habitat” gala in May 2021, helping raise over $50,000 for the organization.

An avid runner, Timm routinely serves a volunteer at local running events for the Oregon Road Runners Club.

As if that was not enough, Timm has volunteered at several major sporting events ranging from the FIFA Women’s World Cup to the US Track and Field Olympic Championships as well as a number of NCAA regional and national championship events.

As to what it means to receive the Kenworthy award, Timm said, “This is going to sound a little weird, but I think it means that I've done something right. It's one thing to be recognized for the work I've done within the profession by my peers. Those recognitions mean an awful lot to me. But this one means a lot in a different way because it's a recognition for taking that extra time and being part of the community and giving back.”