Founded in Portland, Oregon in 1970 and winners of the 1977 NBA Championship, this NBA franchise was purchased by investor and philanthropist Paul G. Allen of Seattle in 1988.
With a corporate culture that promotes volunteerism, the Blazers Community Builders, the team's employee volunteer program, was a key centerpiece in the Trail Blazers receiving the prestigious National Points of Light Award for Excellence in Corporate Community Service.
The Trail Blazers was the first professional sports team to achieve this honor. The team's partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland has resulted in contributions of over $1 million over the past 10 years, including the 1995 opening of the Blazers Boys & Girls Club. The facility was the first in the nation sponsored by a professional sports team.
In 2004, the Albina Head Start McCormack-Matthews Center opened in north Portland, providing education and health services to preschoolers and their families. The project is a Trail Blazers family effort with nearly $1 million in contributions coming from Trail Blazers owner, Paul Allen, the Trail Blazers organization, and alum Damon Stoudamire.