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Trail Blazers and Nike team up to empower young girls with Game Growers program

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Calling all seventh and eighth grade girls in the Portland metropolitan area!

The Portland Trail Blazers and Nike have teamed up once again for the second annual Game Growers youth program created to help young women empower each other through their own ideas and through sports. 

With not enough girls playing sports or continuing to play sports as they get older, the Trail Blazers and Nike are focusing on making a change and encouraging more girls to get involved with athletics through the Game Growers program.

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In its second year of the program, Game Growers is looking for more young women to get involved.

Lindsay Harris, a Trail Blazers Youth Coach for Rip City Academy, who is also the Trail Blazers representative for Game Growers, is in her first year with the program and she couldn’t be more excited to see more young women participating in sports and have their voices heard. 


Young women in the area will get the opportunity to partner with the Trail Blazers and come up with some amazing ideas to introduce or implement in their community to help grow the game of sports and the game of basketball.

Trail Blazers youth coach Lindsay Harris told NBCSNW

As Harris points out, the program is specifically catered to young women in the area because nearly 40 to 50 percent of girls are dropping out of sports in middle school or early in their high school career.

Last year’s program was held at the Game Growers Training Camp at the Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon. This year due to the pandemic, the program will be going virtual. It will start in mid-January and run through the end of May.

To apply for the program girls team up in pairs via the online application process.

“Girls will apply in pairs,” Harris explained. “The deadline is Dec. 4 at 11:59p.m. PST. So you can’t wait until exactly midnight, you’ve got to beat that twelve o’clock strike,” Harris said with a smile. 

Girls can either choose to apply to be a Game Growers Co-Captain or enroll to be a Game Growers Teammate.

As co-captains, young women will get an opportunity to make a difference in their local area “to strengthen and refine their visionary Game Grower Idea into a powerful Game Plan,” as the Game Growers website notes. While teammates of the program will have a chance to connect with other girls to help motivate young women to participate in sports. 

It’s like a leadership camp, virtual throughout the time. You should expect to receive an actual kit given to you by Nike that will help you test out some of the ideas that you come up with… A one-on-one connection with the Trail Blazers and you should expect to learn a lot.

Trail Blazers youth coach Lindsay Harris

The Trail Blazers aren’t the only NBA team involved in the Game Growers program.

Participating WNBA and NBA teams will select their Game Growers Co-Captains in mid-January. 

Once the program wraps up in the spring, with the help of every WNBA and NBA team participating in the program, Game Grower Co-Captains will then share their final Game Plans for their local youth sports.

“The growth will be unmeasured and something to look forward to especially during these times,” Harris said.

With the Game Growers program application deadline this Friday, December 4, you can find out more at