Kawhi Leonard is making an impact on and off the court.
The former Toronto Raptors star and his new team, the Los Angeles Clippers, donated one million backpacks to students in Southern California. He first announced this plan, a collaboration with L.A. non-profit Baby2Baby, on Tuesday.
“My goal this year is to make a meaningful contribution both on and off the court,” Leonard said. “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,” he continued. “But the benefits this program will have across all of Los Angeles makes today even more special.”
The one million backpacks will equip all students from the Moreno Valley Unified, Inglewood Unified, and Los Angeles Unified school districts.
Leonard’s charitable act affects an important demographic. Eighty per cent of students in the Los Angeles Unified school district are eligible for free or reduced lunch because they come from low-income families, according to the release.