Trail Blazers Rip City


Newport Mayor Sandra Roumagoux

Trail Blazers broadcasters Brian Wheeler, Lamar Hurd and Brooke Olzendam

Trail Blazers mascot Blaze the Trail Cat and members of the BlazerDancers

Moda Health representatives


The Portland Trail Blazers and Moda are excited to begin the fifth annual Rip City Relay. A team of Trail Blazers ambassadors and staff will embark on a week-long journey from Sept. 11-15 around the state of Oregon, engaging with Trail Blazers fans all along the way. This event brings Oregon communities together with energy and enthusiasm to showcase the Trail Blazers as “Oregon’s Team”.

This year, Newport will mark the third stop on the relay (Sept. 13). Trail Blazers personalities and Moda representatives will also activate the communities in Coos Bay (Sept. 11), Florence (Sept. 12), Dallas (Sept. 14) and McMinnville (Sept. 15).

Supporting partners of this year’s relay include Energy Trust of Oregon and COUNTRY Financial. will provide updates and information all along the relay, and fans can follow the relay’s progress by using the hashtag #RipCityRelay.


Wednesday, September 13

 Basketball Clinic – Newport Middle School (825 NE 7th St., Newport, OR 97365)

Trail Blazers youth basketball coaches take over a PE class to teach local kids how to play like the pros.

School Assembly – Sam Case Elementary (459 NE 12th St., Newport, OR 97365)

Trail Blazers personalities take over a school assembly for an hour of flair, fanfare and fun.

 4:00 PM

Rip City Flag Raising – Next to City Hall (SW 2nd St.) Newport, OR 97365

Newport Mayor Sandra Roumagoux joins Trail Blazers and Moda representatives to tip off the Rip City Fair with opening ceremonies.

4:00PM – 6:00PM

Rip City Fair – Next to City Hall (SW Angle St.) Newport, OR 97365

Fans are invited to this free community gathering from 4-6 PM featuring fun for the whole family, including the opportunity to interact and play basketball with Trail Blazers personalities, take photos with the 1977 NBA Championship trophy, and win game tickets and other prizes.

Information provided by Portland Blazers