Damian Lillard Receives NBA Cares Community Assist Award


NBA Cares Community Assist Award to Support SOOR Summer Virtual Games

Special Olympics Oregon (SOOR) is thrilled to announce that it will receive a $10,000 donation on behalf of Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard from Kaiser Permanente and the NBA. This generous gift will be put to use to help support the SOOR Summer Virtual Games, which include athletics, golf, fitness as a sport, and soccer.

Six-time NBA All-Star Lillard received the April NBA Cares Community Assist Award presented by Kaiser Permanente in recognition of his continued efforts to empower young people across Oregon.

“We are so honored that Damian has chosen to share this tremendous gift, along with the talent, dedication, and support he has long contributed to Special Olympics Oregon,” said Britt Oase, SOOR CEO. “He has long made an incredible impact on our community and has been an integral part of making Oregon a better place for all people to live.”

A Global Ambassador for Special Olympics since 2013, Lillard’s support of the organization dates to his teenage years. With Special Olympics Oregon, Lillard has been an enthusiastic participant in Special Olympics Oregon community activities, hosting basketball camps and fundraising events. As a Global Ambassador, Lillard has participated in numerous Special Olympics events during NBA All-Star over the past several years, has served as an honorary coach at the Special Olympics USA Games and World Games and supports all Special Olympics social media campaigns.

“As Damian has embodied in his own life, sports are a defining part of who we are, extending far beyond the court of play,” said Oase, “Health and fitness are just the beginning for Special Olympics athletes, who find the support of an entire community and a wealth of programs that help them find ways to push beyond their comfort zones, achieve goals, persevere, and succeed.”

The NBA Cares Community Assist Award presented by Kaiser Permanente recognizes an NBA player each month who best reflects the passion that the league and its players share for giving back to their communities.  It honors the standard set by NBA Legend David Robinson, who improved the community piece by piece.