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CJ McCollum inspires off the court with journalism mentorship program

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Blazers Broadcasting(KPTV)
Updated: Feb. 21, 2020 at 10:30 PM PST
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PORTLAND, Ore. (KPTV) - CJ McCollum continues to inspire young people on and off the court.

For five years, McCollum has assisted Portland-area teens with hands-on career path experience as part of CJ’s Press Pass.

The journalism mentorship program was on full display for Friday’s game at the Moda Center.

The 19 students in the program this year from six different high schools had a chance to meet Blazers broadcasters Brooke Olzendam and Lamar Hurd, as well as Amara Baptist and Casey Holdahl from the digital media team.

“This seemed like a good place to expand my horizons. I don’t usually do sports journalism, I like doing more politics and social justice, but those can fit into sports as well,” said Erin Challenor, a senior at Madison High School.

McCollum made sure the students got the full behind-the-scenes access on a game night.

“Most people know his background in journalism, studying and majoring in communications at Lehigh, it’s been kind of cool knowing his path and how there is different pathways for everybody to come into this field,” said Kyle Pinnell, senior at Southridge High School.

As well as a great learning experience, the students also received tickets to enjoy the game as fans.