The Portland Trail Blazers are making sure Rip City is equipped with voting information and various material to promote the importance of voting.
The Trail Blazers “believe voting is a civic duty and want to make sure Trail Blazers fans and all Oregonians have their voices heard.”
And now with that, the Blazers have launched a voting initiative.
The initiative provides Portland fans with the opportunity to register to vote, fill out the 2020 census, as well as receive pertinent voting information and more.
President and CEO of the Trail Blazers Chris McGowan and Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury have joined efforts to increase voter turnout in Oregon.
The Blazers are holding a “Rip City Votes Fan Kit Pickup” event on October 8 and 9 where fans will receive a free, custom Trail Blazers voting kit.
“We’ve been doing a lot over the last several months around voting, in particular, this week, we’re holding an event at the Rose Quarter,” Trail Blazers President and CEO Chris McGowan told NBCSNW. “We’re inviting fans who RSVPed to come down and pick up Rip City voter kits and receive educational materials around voting.”
Fans will need to RSVP for the voting kit pickup event due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Fans can RSVP at events.ripcity.com. Space is limited. RSVPs are first come first served. Once you’re signed up, you’ll be given a date and time slot to drive through the Garden Garage at Moda Center to pick up your custom voting kit.
Social distancing and proper safety protocols have been put in place.
“The event is kind of the culmination of a lot of different efforts that we’ve put into voting over the last couple of months,” McGowan explained.
The Trail Blazers are using their position within the community to promote fans to not only to register and vote, but also to take part in the 2020 census.
As an organization, the Blazers have also partnered with non-partisan nonprofits and state and county agencies to amplify their outreach and efforts.
"We’re trying to make things simple and engage our fans in ways that are unique, but also safe. You’ve probably seen throughout the NBA and other sports leagues, teams are using their building for actual voting locations. Because we’re a mail-in state, there’s not that huge need for doing that here. So we just brainstormed on other ways that we could use our facility in a unique way to have a little bit of fun, but also promote how important it is for people to come out and vote." -- Chris McGowan
The 'Rip City Votes Kit Pickup Event' is all about helping to spread the word to register and vote. During the two-day event, the Trail Blazers will be giving out over 3,000 kits.
Each kit is full of custom Trail Blazers Vote 2020 items, including a yard sign, sticker, button and educational materials.
For more information on the Trail Blazers Voting Initiative and Rip City Votes kits check out Trailblazers.com/vote or find more information on the Trail Blazers Instagram, Twitter and Facebook or on the @BlazerCommunity Instagram.