Clippers Continue Great Community Support
By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer
The Los Angeles Clippers continue their large community contributions as they recently unveiled a set of refurbished outdoor basketball courts at Crozier Middle School in Inglewood. There were several courts that were resurfaced and had new backboards and rims added to give a good look and make the courts a safer place to play.
“I really thank the Clippers for giving me a fun place to play,” said Crozier scholar Andrew Polk. “It makes my school look good,” added the eight- grader. Polk is an honor student wants to attend USC after graduating from high school.
Inglewood Mayor James Butts was on hand. He was instrumental in bringing the Rams to the city.
“The Clippers have really stepped up, they do so much for the community,” he said. “I am really looking forward to 2024” he added. That is the date to open the new Clipper arena which is in the works right now. At times it appears to be complicated but knowing Butts it will get done.
There was a gift give away to some 100 students who attend Crozier. Also Clipper players put on a mini clinic The players included Danilo Gallinaro, Montreal Luc Mbah a Moute and Bakersfield native Tyrone Wallace.
‘It great to see the young kids enjoy the courts, they look like they have a lot of energy just by looking at them,” said Wallace the former Cal player.
It only part of the large scale of work done by the Clipper Foundation, which works to inspire children through the game of basketball. The foundation also utilizes its position to provide resources and opportunities that heads towards having a level playing field for the youth of Southern California.
“The clippers have done a lot and we’re excited about the future,” said Eloy Morales of Inglewood City Council.
There are additions to some 350 Community courts that the Clippers are renovating with L.A’s Department of Recreations and Parks.
The team helps out in other ways also. Last year there were more than 3,000 service and volunteer given to 85 community events. That was done by Players, coaches, staff, Season ticket holders and Cooperate Partners. That went along with more than 13 million dollars in grants and resources to the Greater Los Angeles area.
When asked who his favorite player was the bright eyed Polk said, “Number 23 Lou Williams!”