The Trail Blazers’ CJ McCollum is known for his outreach with local youth, especially in the field of journalism, and KPTV’s Nick Krupke recently went behind the scenes with participants in McCollum’s Press Pass program. At a recent game, the students had the opportunity to meet with Blazers Broadcasting’s on-air talent Lamar Hurd, Brooke Olzendam, as well as Director of Broadcasting Jeff Curtin. They also met with Amara Baptist and Casey Holdahl.
McCollum made sure the students got the full behind-the-scenes access on a game night.
“Most people know his background in journalism, studying and majoring in communications at Lehigh, it’s been kind of cool knowing his path and how there is different pathways for everybody to come into this field,” said Kyle Pinnell, senior at Southridge High School.
McCollum spoke about creating opportunities via the program with NBA Cares.
A journalism major, @CJMcCollum talks about the importance of his Press Pass Program and what it meant to give students from his mentorship program a behind-the-scenes experience at last night’s game! pic.twitter.com/673RzsCMVT— NBA Cares (@nbacares) February 22, 2020
Kyle Pinnell is a Blazer’s Edge contributor, and you can read his work here.