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Moda Health and the Portland Trail Bazers could donate $10 per assist to our community, but community participation is needed if the city has any hope of winning the competition for grant funding.

PMG FILE PHOTO: BRITTANY ALLEN - In August 2019, the Trailblazers visited Sandy and hosted a RIP City Rally for the community. Now the team partnered with Moda Health are offering the city a chance at funds to further play opportunities in the community. Sandy could receive thousands of dollars in grant funds to improve a local park, but the city needs your help to access those dollars.

Sandy has been chosen to compete in the Moda Assist Program sponsored by Moda Health and the Portland Trail Blazers to receive funds to help build an all-abilities playground. Voting started today, March 6, and Sandy is in competition with Astoria and St. Helens.

Throughout the NBA season, Moda Health and the Trail Blazers will donate $10 each for every assist made during the games. Those funds will be awarded to the winning city on April 5.

The winning community will be chosen based on how many votes they receive. People have until 5 p.m. April 1, to vote at www.nba.com/blazers/assist.

People are allowed to vote once a day until the deadline.

Sandy is already far behind in the voting, and has plenty of ground to make up.

If Sandy wins, the city will use the funds to benefit Tupper Park, 17815 Tupper Road, which includes an asphalt basketball court and a play structure, so that staff can improve the space and make it an all-abilities park.

"The grant wouldn't fund everything, but it would get us close," said city recreation manager Sarah Richardson. "Tupper Park is an older park that needs some love. It's a nice location for an all-abilities park."

"I think it's a unique chance to provide park amenities to some of our children who have not been afforded such an opportunity," Mayor Stan Pulliam added.

Last year the assist program raised about $40,000, and this season there have already been 1,265 assists made so far.

"We want to show people our Sandy spirit — that we can take on cities with a larger following and show them what Sandy can do if people put their minds to it," Richardson added. "We're excited to partner with (Moda and the Trail Blazers) and we appreciate their enthusiasm for our little town and thank them for choosing Sandy."

"I'm incredibly excited for this opportunity for our community," Pulliam said. "We have a real chance of doing something special for Sandy's future."


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