Maurice Lucas Foundation set for gala, golf tourney

Gala is Friday, celebrity tournament is Saturday

The Maurice Lucas Foundation helps out hundreds of kids in the community (Courtesy photo: Maurice Lucas Foundation website)
The Maurice Lucas Foundation helps out hundreds of kids in the community (Courtesy photo: Maurice Lucas Foundation website)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — It’s been nearly 7 years since Blazers great Maurice Lucas died from cancer, but his legacy lives on through is son and his foundation.

Maurice Lucas of the Trail Blazers hauls down a rebound as Philadelphia’s Darryl Dawkins battles for position during their NBA championship game in Portland on Sunday, May 29, 1977.  (AP Photo/JV)

Despite being known on the 1977 championship team as “The Enforcer,” Lucas was deeply involved in the community and helped out hundreds of kids.

His son, David, runs the Maurice Lucas Foundation, which has an academy and programs for young people at Irvington School.

This weekend, the ML20 Foundation’s annual gala and golf tournament will take place to raise money to keep it going year-round.

“It’s truly a blessing to be able to continue on something in my father’s name benefitting underserved kids,” David Lucas told KOIN 6 News. “My father was a big part of this community and a big part of giving back and our youth, so to see him and his legacy continue on is a blessing.”

The gala and auction is Friday at the Portland Hilton. The celebrity golf tournament is Saturday at The Reserve in Aloha.