Trail Blazers Delight At Rip City United Holiday Event
By sarahhecht Posted in: ripcityunited
As the disco ball glittered above the Rose Garden ice on Sunday season ticket holders enjoyed a holiday spin around the rink. One short week before the Trail Blazers are set to play their first preseason game—two before they tip-off the regular season the day after Christmas—members of Rip City United spent a festive afternoon rubbing elbows with their favorite players.
Just hours after an exhausting third day of training camp came to a close every member of the squad hit the Rose Garden concourse to mingle, snap photographs, and sign autographs for their fans.
“You forget about being tired when you come into something like this,” said rookie guard Nolan Smith. “You forget about being sore or the long hard days. You’re rejuvenated and we find some energy deep down within us and now we’re just having a great time out here.”
The gentleman towered above their loyal season ticket holders as they rotated through a variety of event stations, all the while making clear their appreciation of the dedicated Rip City United members.
Luke Babbitt and Elliot Williams manned the Christmas cookie decoration station. The two were pros with frosting and sprinkles and didn’t miss a beat when it came to scarfing a few of the sugar concoctions.
Gifted with craft pom-poms, Nicolas Batum and Marcus Camby lent assists to young season ticket holders as they made holiday ornaments and shared hugs with Santa Blaze.
And when you stopped by the fan shop for new gear you we’re greeted by Raymond Felton and Gerald Wallace packing swag into bags for happy customers.
One of the most unique aspects of the Rip City United event—other than hanging out with the who’s who of Trail Blazers—was the opportunity to tour the team locker room. Guided by the likes of head coach Nate McMillan, Chris Johnson and Earl Barron, the one of a kind experience was nothing but extraordinary.
“It feels good to be back in the community, it seems like we’ve been gone forever. I know this city and all our fans have been missing us, and the holiday season is upon us, so it’s good for us to show our faces,” said center Marcus Camby. “And put smiles on these kids’ faces and sign autographs and just take a lot of pictures and just let them know that we’re still here and we’re ready for a prosperous season.”
It was a unique night to kick off an atypical season, all courtesy of Rip City United.