The 1977 Portland Trail Blazers

1977 Portland Trail Blazers pic
1977 Portland Trail Blazers
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Technology and cloud computing expert Delbert “Del” Yocam has spent the last 15 years as an independent consultant with Yocam Holdings, LLC. Beyond his work in the field of technology, Delbert Yocam enjoys supporting the Portland Trail Blazers, whose games he regularly attends.

Since the team’s formation at the start of the 1970-1971 National Basketball Association (NBA) season, the Portland Trail Blazers have reached the NBA Finals on three occasions. The franchise’s only successful trip came after the 1976-1977 season. Prior to that year the team had experienced six consecutive losing seasons. With the help of legendary center Bill Walton, however, the team recorded a 49-33 record and opened their first postseason campaign against the Chicago Bulls as the Western Conference’s third seed.

Following a 2-1 series win over the Bulls, the Trail Blazers engaged in their first ever best-of-seven series against the Denver Nuggets in the Western Conference Semifinals. The high-scoring series saw Portland drop home court advantage in Game 2 before taking the next two games in Denver. Portland scored another road victory in Game 6 to close out the series 4-2.

The Blazers had a much easier time in the Western Conference Finals, taking out the top seeded Los Angeles Lakers 4-0. In the NBA Finals, Portland faced off against Julius Erving and the Philadelphia 76ers. Despite a strong shooting performance from Erving and back-to-back road wins to open the series, Portland won four straight games to seize their first and only NBA Finals trophy. Walton averaged a double-double and was named the NBA Finals MVP.

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Seattle Seahawks’ Russell Wilson Receives All-Around Award

Delbert “Del” Yocam leverages decades of experience as a technology executive to serve as managing partner of Yocam Holdings, LLC, in Bellevue, Washington. Outside of his professional responsibilities, Delbert Yocam enjoys following local sports teams, particularly the Seattle Seahawks.

Each year, the United States Sports Academy selects one athlete to receive the Jim Thorpe All-Around Award, celebrating his or her accomplishments across several sports or in several events in the same sport. Named for 1912 Olympic pentathlete and decathlete Jim Thorpe, the award recognizes an individual who demonstrates a wide range of athletic abilities, including flexibility, training, and versatility. For 2015, the award went to Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.

The Seahawks signed Russell Wilson to their roster during the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Throughout his career, he has proven his adaptability on the field. A former pro baseball player, Wilson possesses a range of skills as a quarterback and remains unpredictable to opponents. In the last three NFL seasons, Wilson has achieved a pass completion rate of 63.4 percent and more than 1,800 running yards.

Portland Trail Blazers Foundation Supports Community Services

Known as an innovator with an entrepreneurial mindset, Delbert Yocam serves as an independent consultant at Yocam Holdings, LLC, in Bellevue, Washington. Delbert Yocam’s executive background includes leadership at Apple, Borland International, and Textronics. In his leisure time, Yocam enjoys supporting the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers.

The Portland Trail Blazers’ foundation sponsors several initiatives for the betterment of the community. One such project is Classroom 101, which involves students in grant making and volunteering in community service projects. During the 2014-2015 season, the foundation made donations to three local high schools.

New to the foundation’s efforts are the Sport for Health Grants. In program’s first year, the Sport for Health Grants provided up to $15,000 for funding organizations that promoted fitness for children. Applications for the second year will be available in spring 2016.

The foundation’s fundraising opportunities include the Rip City 50-50 raffle, held during Trail Blazers’ home games. Proceeds from the raffle are split evenly between the winner and nonprofit organizations in Oregon and southwest Washington. Additionally, the foundation receives financial support from Safeway, Wells Fargo, and the Moda Center, the Trail Blazers’ home arena.

Scotland Golfers May Wish to Visit the Old Course

A business executive with over two decades of experience, Delbert Yocam now serves as an independent consultant with Yocam Holdings, LLC, a firm he founded in 2001. Also an experienced golfer, Delbert Yocam has played numerous major courses across Scotland.

Scotland offers numerous exceptional golf courses for amateur and professional golfers, including the Old Course in St. Andrews where the 2015 Open Championship took place. The Old Course has been played by numerous famous golfers. Bobby Jones expressed his appreciation for the course by saying if he had to choose only one course to play, it would be the Old Course. Although it has served such distinguished figures, it remains open to the public.

In addition to the Old Course, St. Andrews also offers six other golfing opportunities: the Balgove Course, the Castle Course, the Eden Course, the Jubilee Course, the New Course, and the Strathtyrum Course. For more information about these courses, visit http://www.standrews.com. The site includes detailed information about each of the holes on every course along with pictures, maps, and playing advice.