For Black History month this year, we want to use our platform to showcase the amazing story of our friends at the Maurice Lucas Foundation, the work they're doing with our under represented youth and the impact it’s had on local apparel brand Mimi’s Fresh Tees.
Maurice Lucas (known as “The Enforcer) was a Trail Blazer legend, a four-time NBA Allstar, and a driving force that lead the Blazers to win the NBA championships of 1977. “My dad was passionate about youth. He gave his time and resources to support kids as far back as I can remember,” said Maurice’s son David, founder of the Maurice Lucas Foundation.
“[My father] grew up poor in the Pittsburgh projects with a single mom who had three kids and three jobs - he knew personally what it was like to grow up with nothing and to be underserved.” Following the passing of his father and with a helping hand from the Trail Blazers, David launched the foundation in his fathers honor to help underserved youth, teaching life lessons and education through sport.
Since its inception, the program has helped over 3,000 families find success in the public school system and mentoring students through college.
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