PORTLAND, Ore. (November 1, 2018) – Throughout the 2018-19 NBA regular season, youth and families selected by local nonprofits and schools can enjoy Portland Trail Blazers games through a special ticket program courtesy of a group of the team’s players.  More than 6,000 tickets have been earmarked for designated sections of Moda Center to bring the Rip City experience to underserved communities including military veterans.

“The player community ticket program is another way that we see our players stepping up to have a positive impact in our local community.,” said Christa Stout, Trail Blazers Vice President for Social Responsibility.  “We know that coming to a game is a special opportunity, and we appreciate that our players are inviting youth and families to games who are going through tough times or who might not otherwise have the chance to attend.”

The following Trail Blazers are participating in the Players Ticket Program, each with their own section of seats, to benefit these organizations and causes:

Damian Lillard – “Lillard Timers”

Donating to schools participating in his RESPECT program and other organizations:

  • Parkrose High School Respect Program
  • Roosevelt High School Respect Program
  • Madison high School Respect Program
  • Radiation Therapy Program – Doernbecher Children’s Hospital
  • Susan G. Komen of Oregon & SW Washington
  • New Avenues for Youth
  • Special Olympics Oregon
  • Oregon Humane Society

CJ McCollum – “CJ’s Crew”

Donating to organizations throughout the Portland metro area:

  • Boys & Girls Clubs
  • American Cancer Society
  • Black Parent Initiative
  • Portland Public Schools
  • Friends of the Children
  • Girls Inc. of the Pacific Northwest
  • Urban League of Portland

Meyers Leonard – “Leonard’s Troops”

Donating to military service groups and a select nonprofit:

  • USO Northwest
  • Veteran Tickets Foundation
  • Children’s Cancer Association

Maurice Harkless – “Mini Moes”

Donating to organizations focused on equity and leadership:

  • Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center (POIC)
  • City of Portland Office of Youth Violence Prevention
  • Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA)
  • Elevate Oregon
  • Self Enhancement, Inc.

Jusuf Nurkic – “Nurk Nation”

  • Donating primarily to the local Bosnian community

Evan Turner -- “Team Turner”

  • Greater Than Program at Alder Elementary School

Wade Baldwin IV -- “Baldwin’s Ballers”

  • College Possible Portland


Members of the National Basketball Association (NBA), the Portland Trail Blazers were founded in 1970 and purchased by the late Paul G. Allen in 1988. The team's rich heritage includes 34 playoff appearances, three trips to the NBA Finals, an NBA championship in 1977 and a commitment to community service and sustainability. The Trail Blazers are dedicated to positively impacting underserved kids and their families throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington where they live, learn and play. Portland is the first and only professio