Kawhi Leonard, the L.A. Clippers Foundation and Baby2Baby gives back

 Kawhi and Gillian Zucker passing out Back Packs at 107th St. School (Photo Credit LA Clippers)
Kawhi and Gillian Zucker passing out Back Packs at 107th St. School (Photo Credit LA Clippers)

By Cameron Buford, whatsgoodinsports.com

The Los Angeles Clippers Foundation have developed a long history of partnering with Schools and multiple community centers around the Los Angeles market. After recently joining the Los Angeles Clippers, Kawhi Leonard proves he fits right in with their community initiatives by assisting the many children in the Southern California market as they return to school for the new school year. Additionally, Baby@baby joined the collaboration to provide additional supplies to the multitude of children in the market.

Thanks to Kawhi Leonard, the L.A. Clippers Foundation and non-profit community partner Baby2Baby, over one million backpacks will be issued to children who are headed back to school in Southern California. Every student in the Moreno Valley Unified, Inglewood Unified, and Los Angeles Unified School Districts will receive a new backpack to start the school year. Leonard announced in his hometown of Moreno Valley at Cloverdale Elementary School. He was then joined by Baby2Baby Ambassadors Zooey Deschanel, Busy Philipps and Nicole Richie and Co-Presidents Kelly Sawyer Patricof and Norah Weinstein at 107th Street Elementary School in Watts to distribute backpacks in the Los Angeles.

In his first public community appearance with the L.A. Clippers, Lenard makes his commitment clear to the SoCal community, “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 of Moreno Valley at my former Elementary School, but the benefits this program will have across all of Los Angeles makes today even more special.” Kawhi passionately stated.

This is the largest donation in LAUSD history, this will impact every single student and their families. As last year 80% of K-12 students were eligible for free or reduced lunch, meaning they come from a low-income family, are homeless, or are in the foster program in LAUSD alone. This donation will allow these families not to be burdened with school supplies for their children this school year which will impact these family’s livelihood in a major way.

“We are overwhelmed with gratitude to the Clippers and Kawhi Leonard for this record-breaking donation to every student in Los Angeles Unified School District and beyond. Baby2Baby serves hundreds of thousands of children in poverty in Los Angeles, and backpacks are consistently one of the most highly-requested items for the school-aged children in our program,” said Sawyer Patricof and Weinstein. “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. If they have a backpack at all, it is often falling apart, and when a child does not have one, they resort to using a grocery or trash bag. The Clippers’ 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.”

“There are a lot of families throughout the L.A. region working hard every day to earn everything in their lives. This program is our effort to extend a hand to make heading back to school a little easier,” said Gillian Zucker, President of Business Operations, L.A. Clippers. “Our deepest appreciation goes out to Kawhi Leonard and Baby2Baby’s incredible network of ambassadors who walk the walk when it comes to using their platforms and voices to provide real solutions to impact the everyday lives of the people around us.”

In their 50th season of competition the Clippers are committed to the city of Los Angeles and through the L.A. Clippers Foundation, they provide resources and opportunities that make a positive difference toward leveling the playing field for youth in Southern California. Visit the Clippers online at www.clippers.com or follow them on social media @LAClippers.

The non-profit organization Baby2Baby, led by Co-Presidents Kelly Sawyer Patricof and Norah Weinstein, has distributed over 70 million items to children in homeless shelters, domestic violence programs, foster care, hospitals and underserved schools as well as children who have lost everything in the wake of disaster throughout the past 8 years, across the country. To learn more about Baby2Baby please visit www.baby2baby.org.

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 Happy children receiving Back Packs from Kawhi and the Clippers. (Photo Credit LA Clippers)
Happy children receiving Back Packs from Kawhi and the Clippers. (Photo Credit LA Clippers)

Butterfield’s legislation would provide teacher education, including the provision of preservice teacher training and in-service professional development at eligible institutions, library, and media specialist training sites.

It would provide preschool and teacher aid certification to individuals who seek to acquire or enhance technology skills to use broadband internet access service in the classroom.

Certifications would include instruction in science, mathematics, engineering, and technology subjects.

Further, the BRIDGE Act would allow participating institutions to obtain capacity-building technical assistance, including through remote technical support, technical assistance workshops, and distance learning services.

Butterfield said that would help to foster the use of broadband internet access service to improve research and education, including STEM instruction.

The bill would also create or support centers at eligible institutions that are designed to spur innovation, opportunity, and advancement for entrepreneurs and start-ups.

“There are more than 100 HBCUs throughout the country, and unfortunately, many are in desperate need of improved technology and instructional resources,” Butterfield said.

“The BRIDGE Act is a solution to solve that,” he said.

Butterfield and members of the Congressional Black Caucus have long championed STEM education for African Americans and other minority students.

During the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s (CBCF) Annual Legislative Conference, Butterfield and others have sat in on or hosted panels to discuss the importance of STEM.

“The STEM field is important to our country, it’s critical to jobs in the 21st century—jobs that make the big bucks,” Butterfield told students from Paul Laurence Dunbar High School and Carver Technology Early College High School, who participated in a 2017 CBCF conference. “To succeed, we need to draw from the best in our community.”

Butterfield continued: “The lack of African-Americans in STEM means that many of our best minds are not included.”

 Kawhi Leonard passing out Back Packs at 107th St. School (Photo Credit LA Clippers)
Kawhi Leonard passing out Back Packs at 107th St. School (Photo Credit LA Clippers)