Portlanders are sports fanatics. Whether you’re looking for hoops action, football (that’s soccer to us American types), baseball, or even ice hockey, Portland’s got a team for you. Portlanders aren’t just fanatics for sports, though, we want to help wherever we can, and our professional teams are no different.
The Trail Blazers, Timbers, Thorns FC, Winterhawks, and Hillsboro Hops recently announced they’re combining efforts to provide disaster relief in Oregon and throughout the country.
We love it when a plan comes together, and Portland’s teams are putting together a good one. All five teams are joining forces to help victims of Hurricane Harvey and the Eagle Crest Wildfire. Team spokespeople say they’re also preparing to provide assistance for the potential impact of incoming Hurricane Irma in Florida.
“The destruction we’ve seen from the Oregon wildfires and Hurricane Harvey is heartbreaking,” said Chris McGowan, President & CEO of the Trail Blazers and Rose Quarter in a press release announcing their endeavor. “The journey to recovery will be a long one for all impacted areas. The professional sports community here in Portland is rallying our respective fan bases, employees and partners to contribute resources to assist in the effort where it’s needed most.”
The teams are kicking off their support by hosting blood drives over the next few days and plans for each team’s fundraising efforts will be announced in the coming weeks.
Interested in donating blood? Here’s where and when you can do take part in each team’s Red Cross Blood Drive (appointments can be scheduled online at www.redcrossblood.org):
- Wednesday, September 6, 2017 – Hillsboro Hops – 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
- Thursday, September 7, 2017 – Portland Timbers and Portland Thorns FC – 80 appointment slots from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Friday, September 8, 2017 – Portland Winterhawks – 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
- Saturday, September 9, 2017 – Portland Trail Blazers – 100 appointment slots from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
To keep your eye on the team’s upcoming fundraising (or to just check out statistics and game schedules), here are each team’s websites:
Know any others organizations planning to put on philanthropic fundraisers? Post the details in the comments!