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Kawhi and Clippers give away a million backpacks

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Since Steve Ballmer, or as Jennie Buss would refer to him since Ballz took over the Clippers they have went from one of the worst run organizations in professional sports to one of the best. From management to the roster, it's one of the best organizations to play for. 

These all impacted Kawhi's decision to join this summer, but one of the most important things to him was coming back home. Not just to be close to his family and friends, which is obviously important to him, but also so he can make the most significant possible impact in his community. 

That's why Kawhi Leonard, the L.A. Clippers Foundation and non-profit community partner Baby2Baby teamed up to donate a million backpacks to kids in the Moreno Valley Unified, Inglewood Unified and Los Angeles Unified School District. About 80% of kids in these areas qualify for free or reduced lunch, meaning they come from a low-income family, are homeless, or are in the foster program. Here's Kawhi on the donation (via NBA.com):

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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.

Almost everyone believes L.A. will always be a Lakers town, but it's moves like these that build a faithful fanbase. The Lakers have always been about the flashy part of L.A., and it seems the Clippers are going after the blue-collar fan.

Both the title and L.A. are at stake. Let the games begin. (seriously, I'll even take the World Cup)

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