Kawhi make not speak much, but he is making sure his presence is heard and felt in his new city of Los Angeles, CA. The two-time NBA champ is showing love to his new place of residence by already making an impact in the community. The NBA all-star just signed with the Los Angeles Clippers in July decided to partner with the Clippers non-profit Baby2Baby to giveaway one million bookbags to low income families in Southern California. Leonard’s donation is the largest in the history of the L.A. This partnership will ensure every student in the Moreno Valley Unified, Inglewood Unified and the Los Angeles Unified School Districts, receives a bookbag to begin the new school year. Unified School District. Kawhi grew up in Moreno Valley, so this literally hits home for him.
Co-Presidents of Baby2Baby Kelly Sawyer Patricof and Norah Weinstein, said, “We are overwhelmed with gratitude to the Clippers and Kawhi Leonard for this record-breaking donation to every student. For many of these children who are homeless or in foster care, backpacks not only hold their school books and homework but also all of their personal belongings. The donation will make these children feel the pride they deserve and give them the confidence they need to start the school year off on the right foot.”
The NBA reported that 80 percent of K-12 students in the L.A. Unified School District deal with homelessness, poverty or are in the foster care system. The donation will lessen the burden for the students and their families.
Leonard said, “My goal this year is to make a meaningful contribution both on and off the court. This felt like the right way to get started. It was important to me to make this announcement in my hometown, at my former elementary school, but the benefits this program will have across all of Los Angeles makes today even more special.”
Keep up the great work Kawhi! This should show people that they can make a difference wherever and whatever way you can.