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Mar 22

Thabeet And Flynn Hoop With The Children's Cancer Association

By make it better Posted in: makeitbetter
Trail Blazers Hasheem Thabeet and Jonny Flynn spent the afternoon with kids from the Children's Cancer Association in Tualatin at Portland's practice facility. The visit was part of the Block Out Cancer program, a partnership between Genentech, the CCA and the Trail Blazers. Genentech donates $25 to CCA every time the Trail Blazers block a shot. The program, which is now in its 3rd year, has raised over $27,000 for CCA's programs, which deliver joy to kids and families fighting serious pediatric illness.

“This is fun! Just to bring a smile to these kids faces and hopefully let them forget for a hour or two what they’re really going thorough. These are the real heroes right there that's fighting every single day," Flynn said. "So it’s just fun to be out here and bring out my inner kid. This is always a fun time.”

“Giving back to the community, you always have to find time for this. No matter what’s going on, no matter how tired you may be, no matter if you thought you had a long day or not. This is what really the NBA is about," Flynn said. "Giving back to the community and putting smiles on these kids faces and having a good time with them.”

“We blessed enough to influence a lot of people and us having a chance to do this definiely is good for us and just giving them joy in their life," Thabeet said. "To see the smile on their face is just great.”

"It is incredibly inspiring to partner with Genentech and the Portland Trail Blazers. Their genuine desire and commitment to ensure that moments of joy are delivered to sick kids and teens is truly remarkable," said Regina Ellis, Founder of the Children's Cancer Association. "Together, we will continue to meet the needs of critically ill children and teens in our community during some of the most difficult times a family will face."

You can view a full photo gallery from yesterday's fun and follow along to see how many shots the Trail Blazers have blocked by visiting the Blocked Shot Counter on


  1. I think it is great that just a few days after these guys became Blazers they were already spending time with community members. In this case the kids from the Children's Cancer Association. Thabeet even tweeted the picture of him holding up the boy to the basket. He was gracious to have spent the time with the kids in the tweet and added that the best part about it was that every kid got to dunk!

    by Angi on 3/22/2012 1:04 PM
  2. This is awesome. Glad to see the newbies getting into the Blazer spirit. Looks like the guys and the kids all had a blast. :)

    by Niki C on 3/23/2012 3:07 AM
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