Damian Lillard, Blazers team up to fund all-abilities playground

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Damian Lillard, Blazers team up to fund all-abilities playground originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest

Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers have just handed out another assist.

The six-time NBA All-Star and the team are helping build an all-inclusive playground in the city of Astoria, just about 100 miles outside of the city of Portland.

On Tuesday, the Trail Blazers and Moda Health announced that Astoria was the winner of the 2021 Moda Assist Program, which will donate $25,000 to the riverfront city to promote active and healthy lifestyles for youth in communities across the state.

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“We’re thrilled to continue working with our great partners at Moda Health on such an important initiative,” President and CEO of the Trail Blazers Chris McGowan said in a statement. “The Moda Assist Program has made a big positive impact on many towns throughout Oregon and we’re looking forward to continuing the tradition for many years to come.”

Lillard serves as Ambassador for the Moda Assist Program, which donates at least $20 to the Trail Blazers Foundation for every assist made by the team throughout the season. As of April 7, Portland has 1,019 assists on the year which equates to at least $20,380 thus far.

The funds raised help to build all-abilities programs in one community each year. Other playground locations include Baker City, La Grande, Portland, Medford, Hermiston, Baker City, and St. Helens.

This isn’t the first or last time Lillard has given back to the Oregon community. The Trail Blazers star donated $100,000 to the team’s COVID-19 relief fund last April. Off the court, he encourages youth to Show Up, Work Hard and Be Kind through his RESPECT program.

Lillard has also given back to the Oakland community by renovating his former high school’s gym and holds an annual back-to-school picnic in Brookfield.