By Janet Goetze
For the Hollywood Star News
A group of youngsters and Trail Blazer Jerome Kersey, accompanied by mascot Blaze, had a special night of shooting baskets at the Moda Center.
(Kersey, the versatile small forward who helped the Portland Trail Blazers reach two NBA Finals, died Wednesday, February 18. He was 52.)
The 30 children from Friends of the Children, a long-term mentoring program, had two hours of private basketball instruction arranged by Windermere Stellar, a locally owned real estate company.
“The kids will never forget their special night at the Moda Center,” Rachael Langtry, Friends of the Children program director, said after the December event. “Thanks to Windermere Stellar for making it happen. It was heartwarming to see the kids’ faces light up at the sight of Blaze, and they were clearly star-struck when Jerome Kersey came out.”
Friends of the Children, started by Portland native Duncan Campbell, selects children in kindergarten who are matched with paid, professional mentors, called Friends. Mentors help guide the children for 12.5 years, through high school graduation. More information is available at friendspdx.org.
Brokers at Windermere Stellar donate a portion of their commissions from each real estate transaction to the Windermere Foundation. The foundation supports programs for low-income children and families.