Jerome Kersey and George Gervin on the MSP
June 15, 2012, 11:20 am
George Gervin is one of the 50 greatest NBA players of all time and Jerome Kersey has been a local hero to the Portland community for years. We had the pleasure of speaking with them together Thursday on The Morning Sports Page to talk about the upcoming Caddies 4 Cure event.
Kersey wanted to point out that Gervin was one of the 50 greatest players ever and said that we needed to understand that they are in two entirely different classes when it comes to basketball talent. Whether they’re in two different talent classes or not, each is of the highest class when it comes to giving back to the community.
Gervin started his George Gervin Youth Center in San Antonio twenty years ago. The organization is a nonprofit youth organization that provides sensitive services to impact the lives of troubled youth and their families. In addition, Gervin has given numerous donations to his inner-city Detroit area to try to give the kids who live there now a better upbringing than he ever had. Gervin is the product of rough a childhood where he did not have a fatherly figure in his life.
Kersey spent most of his off seasons with the Blazers volunteering for youth organizations like the Boys and Girls club and he has continued to give back to the Portland area since retiring in 2001. He said he knows the importance of youth programs because they enabled him to get to where he is today.
Both Kersey and Gervin are scheduled to participate in next weekend’s Caddies 4 Cure golf tournament. Caddies 4 Cure is a volunteer organization dedicated to increasing awareness and financial support for health charities in the Northwest.
The event starts off with “A Night to Chip in,” at the Tiger Woods Center of the Nike campus in Beaverton, on Saturday, June 23. The night will feature a performance by Javier Colon, season one winner of The Voice, a casino-style night of gambling and a live auction. Sunday will feature a day of golf with celebrities at one of the nicest golf courses in the Northwest, the Reserve in Aloha.
It’s a great event and we encourage everyone to get involved. All proceeds go to the National MS society and the Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel. Be sure to listen to their interview here and for more information go to www.caddies4cure.com.