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Blazers Lillard makes stop at Parkrose High to bring back 'Respect' campaign

Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard arrives in the gym of Parkrose High School on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017 to a cheering crowd. (KATU Photo)

We’re about a month away from the start of the NBA season, but Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard is already scoring big in the game of life.

On Friday, Lillard popped into Parkrose High School in Northeast Portland. That’s where he’s relaunching the “Respect” campaign he debuted three years ago. It’s where students sign a pledge to treat each other with respect.

Lillard talked to the kids about the importance of being excellent to each other, and the message really hit home.

“A lot of us, we don’t come from a place where things are handed down to us, and so having a model like Damian come to us and talk to us, taking that time out of his day to come here, means a lot,” said Danny Nguyen, a student at Parkrose.

“Reaching these kids in high school, getting a hold of them at that age where they kind of making those decisions that’s going to impact their future, those are the things that I want to be involved in,” Lillard said.

Lillard said his dad called him on draft night to remind him of his responsibility to the community. Lillard said that’s something he’ll never forget.

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