Blazers Shabazz Napier visits Ronald McDonald house

Portland Trail Blazer Shabazz Napier signs autographs at the Ronald McDonald House. (KATU Photo)

Portland Trail Blazer Shabazz Napier put a smile on a lot of kids’ faces last week as he visited children at the Ronald McDonald House.

The Blazers point guard made a surprise appearance at the Legacy Emanuel House, meeting with families and playing and speaking with seriously ill children. He also signed autographs and took photos with the kids.

Though he’s still fairly new in Portland, he says this is a great way for him to give back to the community.

“It’s exciting to be around people who just want to help out,” he said. “The Ronald McDonald family, what they do for these patients and these families is tremendous. It’s easy for me to come here and have fun with the kids (and) kind of take their minds off what’s really going on.”

“My uncle is a big fan of the team, also,” said Jacob Pullen, a resident at the Ronald McDonald House. “So I was like, ‘Awesome,’ I get to make him jealous.”

There are three Ronald McDonald houses in Oregon, and nearly 2,800 children stayed at the houses last year.

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