The Portland Trail Blazers teamed up with Windermere Real Estate and other volunteers to revamp a community resource, the Blazers Boys and Girls Club on northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
Helping clean and organize the activity areas were Ovations and AEG make-it-better employee volunteers, as well as volunteers from Windermere and their partners.
Trail Blazers alumni Jerome Kersey and Terry Porter, along with president emeritus Harry Glickman, joined volunteers on Friday to celebrate the completion of the project. The celebration included carnival games, cotton candy and a brief program recognizing the importance of the Boys and Girls Club in the community.
“If you take into account every Boys and Girls Club site in the metro area, over 25,000 youth were served by this fantastic organization last year,” said Sarah Mensah, Trail Blazers chief operating officer. “What a wonderful impact we would have on the youth of Portland if the leaders in our community joined the Trail Blazers and Windermere in rallying around organizations like the Boys and Girls Clubs that provide these opportunities for our youth.”
The revamping of the local club is part of a concentrated effort by the Trail Blazers’ Make it Better foundation and Windermere to support an organization that provides local youth with a safe location to engage in positive and productive activities when they are not in school.
Windermere partners Denali Oregon, Christenson Electric, En Pointe Technologies and Integra also participated in restoring the Blazer Boys and Girls Club facilities.