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The Portland Trail Blazers are dedicated to making Oregon and SW Washington a better place for children and families where they live, learn, and play.

Make it Better Year in Review

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Trail Blazers Finalist for Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Sports Award

The Portland Trail Blazers (National Basketball Association) supports nonprofit organizations in Oregon and Southwest Washington to help make the region a better place for children and families where they live, learn and play. They are part of an Oregon Active Schools collaborative effort with other local companies. Moda Center, the Trail Blazers home arena, sources local food and donates healthy food to schools and homeless shelters that cannot get fresh proteins and vegetables. The Trail Blazers launched an inaugural Sport for Health grant in April 2015, which funds nonprofits working to get underserved youth and their families active and moving. The organization also engaged more than 4,100 youth in 56 Blazers FIT Camps and Clinics across the region last year alone. The Trail Blazers’ culture of healthy lifestyles is evident throughout the organization, with access to standing desks, walking meetings and a strong wellness program. The team encourages people to work out during the day and opens the gym to the entire arena staff.
Jul 23, 2015  |  02:00

Batum, Freeland, McCollum Visit Randall Children's Hopsital

Nicolas Batum, Joel Freeland and CJ McCollum spend the day with kids and staff at Randall Children's Hospital.
Mar 10, 2015  |  01:15

Four Trail Blazers Visit Local High Schools For Black History Month

Robin Lopez and Allen Crabbe visit Jefferson High School while Dorell Wright and CJ McCollum met with students from Rosemary Anderson High School.
Mar 6, 2015  |  02:13

Make It Better PSA

The Portland Trail Blazers are dedicated to making Oregon and SW Washington a better place for children and families where they live, learn, and play.
Feb 23, 2015  |  00:30

Lillard Visits Roosevelt High For Respect Program

Damian Lillard heads to Roosevelt High School for the Respect Program, emphasizes importance of standing up for one another.
Feb 16, 2015  |  02:19

Aldridge Hosts Youth at Practice Facility

LA invited local youth into the team's practice facility for a "day in the life" of a pro basketball player -- all in the name of Maurice Lucas.
Jan 29, 2015  |  02:07

Team's Favorite Road Trip

The Trail Blazers visit St. Mary's Home for Boys, spend time with boys playing hoops.
Jan 21, 2015  |  02:26

Wesley Matthews Teams with Fred Meyer for Annual Coat Drive

Trail Blazers G Wesley Matthews gives back to the youth in the community through his annual coat drive and shopping spree.
Jan 9, 2015  |  02:01

Robin Lopez Provides Books To Elementary School

Trail Blazers Center Robin Lopez surprises students at James John Elementary School by bringing each student a book for the holidays.
Jan 5, 2015  |  02:08

Trail Blazers Show Commitment To Service At Oregon Food Bank

Portland Trail Blazers players and staff join military service members to pack boxes and combat food insecurity at the Oregon Food Bank
Nov 17, 2014  |  02:15

Team Visits Elementary School in North Portland

The Trail Blazers visit Boise-Eliot Elementary School in North Portland to announce five non-profit partners for 2014-15 season.
Oct 13, 2014  |  04:15

Damian Lillard Surprises Kids on the First Day of School // Backpack Giveaway

On the first day of school for Portland Public, Trail Blazers all-star Damian Lillard and Moda Health visited Rigler Elementary to donate backpacks and school supplies!
Sep 3, 2015  |  02:17

2015 Summer Hoops Camp

Sep 2, 2015  |  02:24

Blazers Fit Tips 03

Jun 3, 2015  |  00:29

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Jun 3, 2015  |  00:27

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Jun 3, 2015  |  00:38


Watch how fan, Paul Navarre, photoshops Coach’s face into famous scenes creating what is now known as "PhotoStotts". See more at!
Apr 14, 2015  |  01:55

3's for Trees

The Portland Trail Blazers teamed up with Daimler at Sandy River Delta Park to plant trees for every three pointers made this season.
Apr 10, 2015  |  02:22

Trail Blazers Annual Spring Break Hoops Clinic

The Blazers Fit Program visited THPRD for the annual Spring Break Hoops Clinic. Trail Blazers players Allen Crabbe and Joel Freeland were also featured at the clinic.
Mar 27, 2015  |  01:47


make it better programs exist to raise awareness of important issues in our community and to inspire people to change their behavior – to be respectful, to read more with kids, and to stay active...


The Trail Blazers, our owner, and many of our current and former players have foundations that invest in various aspects of our community.


Service Sports & Suds community event at the Children’s Arboretum
make it better partnerships leverage the critical work that exceptional nonprofit organizations have been doing to move the needle in our focus areas by providing fundraising and visibility...

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make it better donates memorabilia, tickets, clinics, and experiences to help nonprofit organizations raise money and inspire and thank their constituents for their work.

Rip City 5050 Raffle in partnership with the Safeway Foundation

Rip City 5050 Raffle in partnership with the Safeway Foundation
The Rip City 5050 Raffle in partnership with the Safeway Foundation raises money for make it better partners at every home Trail Blazers game.

Blazers Fit

Blazers Fit
The Portland Trail Blazers partner with leading healthcare providers to promote healthy living.