PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Residents of Gresham are honoring former Portland Trail Blazer Jerome Kersey, who died tragically last week of a blood clot, with his own day.
Last Thursday, a day after Kersey’s passing, Gresham Mayor Shane Bemis took to Facebook to say a few words about one of his favorite players, and ended the post with a simple question: “How should Gresham formally recognize and remember Jerome Kersey?”
A quick responder suggested making this Feb. 25 — 25 being the 52-year-old’s jersey number with the team — “Jerome Kersey Day.” The idea stuck, and Bemis officially declared Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015 as such.
“Jerome Kersey endeared himself to the community for his signature smile, warm manner, charitable acts, and eagerness to interact with community members wherever he was,” the mayor’s proclamation reads.
The document ends by calling on the Blazers organization to rename the Moda Center’s Hustle Board to the “Jerome Kersey Hustle Board.”