make it better Statewide Summer Tour, Presented by Kia Caps off a Summer of Basketball in Eugene
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The Trail Blazers wrapped up the make it better Statewide Summer Tour, presented by Kia, with another high-energy camp Thursday in Eugene. The camp staff rolled into Duck country to have dinner with a group of season ticket holders from the Eugene area Wednesday night before setting out for another 10 AM start at the Boys & Girls Club of Emerald Valley in west Eugene. It was a lot of fun to meet Blazer fans who make the nearly two-hour drive up to the Rose Garden to watch their team, including one fan who makes all 41 games. That's 82 hours a season on I-5 to be a part of Rip City.
The camp on Thursday started off in typical Bobby Medina fashion, with a lot of energy and stretching exercises leading into drills and competitions. You can tell Bobby is a fan of using music for energy, with a similar playlist being used for the weeks's camps as he plays for the players in the weight room during the season. The kids seem to really like it, bouncing around when not in the middle of an exercise.
One parent in attendance, Peggy Justice, had a total of six kids at the camp. Said Justice, "I think the biggest benefit is for them to see what they really can accomplish and how they can improve their basketball skills as well…that keeps them pushing and really trying, and that's good for their schoolwork too, not just basketball."
A big shout out to everyone from the team who took the week to travel down the I-5 corridor and work so hard to make these camps a success. Medina, Kaleb Canales, Nick West, Ian Jaquiss, Todd Forcier, Sean Kiely, John Ross, Blaze the Trail Cat, Collin Romer, Lauren Burkle, Debbie Weller and Dale Schlueter all contributed in a major way to connect with some of our youngest fans throughout Oregon. We look forward to seeing more parts of the region in the coming years as we continue to expand and grow our make it better initiatives on and off the basketball court.
(By: Collin Romer)