Blaze the Trail Cat joined the Trail Blazer family back in 2002 and has been the team’s biggest fan ever since. Born in the towering pines of the Oregon Cascades, Blaze was always a little different from the other cubs with unique two-toned silver fur, ears and a tail that look like blazing flames, and a heart-shaped nose. He loved his life in the mountains, but always felt that there was something else out there for him. So one day, he set off on a journey through the woods and eventually found himself on the steps of the Oregon Humane Society. The staff there had never seen anything like him, but he was so playful, energetic and friendly they knew they needed to find a good home for him.
The Trail Blazers heard about this frisky feline and knew right away that they wanted to adopt him and make him the team’s first ever mascot. Blaze felt at home right away with the Trail Blazers and quickly became a basketball fan and the team’s biggest supporter. His love for the team and its fans has only grown over the years and he loves nothing more than to be at the Moda Center with the best fans in the NBA! Blaze has become a staple at every Trail Blazers’ home game cheering on the team, visiting with fans, dancing in the stands, dunking with the Rip City Slammers, being on the court with his trail cat family including Air Blaze, Lil Blaze & Gigantor Blaze, and entertaining Blazer fans! And it’s not just fans here in the USA, Blaze has made appearances at the European Basketball Championships in Lithuania, participated in Dunking Clinics in South Africa and will be headed out to China this August.
Blaze is also an integral part of the Trail Blazers’ community programs and serves as a team ambassador making appearances around Oregon & SW Washington, and around the world! When he’s not at Trail Blazers’ games, Blaze loves jumping in his custom made McCoy Freightliner Blaze van and getting out in community to visit with other Trail Blazers’ fans. Whether he’s at a school assembly, birthday party, grand opening, parade, charity run, ribbon cutting ceremony, or a surprise visit, Blaze is always the life of the party!