Damian Lillard will return to Ogden, Utah (home of his Alma Mater, Weber State) a week from today on June 15th to receive the honor. The ceremony will take place at 12:30pm and continue throughout the afternoon. Damian will be joined by Ogden City Council chairman Bart Blair, Ogden City chief administrative officer Mark Johnson, WSU president Chuck Wight, and WSU athletic director Jerry Bovee.
Although, on an official basis, the event is to recognize Damian’s success in the NBA, it also serves as a sort of ‘thank you’ for putting Ogden on the map (much like the monorail did for Ogdenville if you know your classic television). Before Lillard gained professional acclaim, I could not have told you the location of Weber State, but the Oakland-Ogden-Oregon mantra has certainly changed that.
The people of Ogden will be treated to live music and discounts from local businesses, as well as autographed pictures for the first 500 fans. Imagine ‘Linsanity’ toned down to a single town, on a single day, with fewer stalkers, and a legitimate star player in the mix. Damian is the pride of Weber State, and the people of Ogden deserve a little party with him (even if the key to the city is a bit much).
Honestly, it’s pretty cool of Damian to do this. It shows that he hasn’t forgotten where he came from or the people that supported him along the way. The ceremony is in his honor, but he honors Ogden with his humility. Lillard will engage fans in a Q+A segment during the ceremony, and talk with his college fans about life in the pros.