Free Agent signee, Dorell Wright, brings not only excellent floor spacing, but an altruistic spirit to Portland. Wright founded the D Wright Way Foundation in 2010 to help guide inner city kids and positively influence local youth. Now that Wright plays in Portland, he has shifted his philanthropic focus to the youth of the Rose City.
The D Wright Way Foundation provides developmental programs based around education, health, and social well-being. People that wish to get involved can find the proper forms to volunteer and/or donate at http://dwrightwayfoundation.org.
Wright embodies the enthusiasm for public service that the Blazers have hoped to cultivate for years now. The following quotes were pulled from a recent interview on prosgiveback.com:
“The motivation is all about giving back to the community and I think that’s one of the most important things about being a professional athlete and being someone that a lot of people look up to. I just want to try and reach out and give back to the inner city kids. I’m happy to have the foundation and be able to help out those that are in need.”
“Me, being an inner city kid, I know how tough it is to grow up like that. There are so many things that get you sidetracked like the streets and gangs, just little things that go on out there on the streets, when kids should be doing other activities and stuff like that.”
“A lot of parents work extra hours and overtime and things like that, so you spend a lot of time with yourself and I think that it’s very important to interact with those kids and show them the positive and good things.”
“We’re in the works right now, just putting things together. We’re definitely going to do the Christmas Drive this year and the Toy Drive, just try to help out some families. Those are the first few things right now that we have planned, but as the season goes along, my team, the D Wright Way Foundation team, we’ll go over the schedule and see different events that we can plan, you know, in between games and practices, so we’re going to have a lot of things by the end of the season, for sure.”
“No one really made it where I stayed at. No one went pro or anything, so once I made it I knew I wanted to give back because it seemed like the right thing to do,” Wright described. “Just to make the kids happy, you know, you never know what they’re going through, so even spending an hour with them goes a long way. You’re changing their lives and it makes them feel real comfortable because I know where they’re coming from and what it’s like at home, so I can relate to what they’re going through and it’s always awesome.”