The Los Angeles Clippers together with L.A County Department of Parks worked together in making indoor and outdoor basketball courts all over the country.
Established in 1994 by the L.A. Clippers professional basketball team, LACF is a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering positive educational, environmental, and humanitarian values through community-outreach events and programs.
Over the years, LACF has been a consistent supporter of DPR, contributing through uniform donations and sponsorship of the Jr. Clipper Youth Basketball Program. This program has engaged more than 3,000 players in DPR basketball leagues and has impacted over 100,000 youth throughout Southern California.
In their latest collaboration with DPR, LACF has donated $5.3 million to the Los Angeles County Parks Foundation (LACPF) to finance the Clippers Community Courts program. This initiative aims to revitalize and enhance all 117 basketball courts managed by DPR across the county. These courts are situated in 60 parks throughout the region, particularly in park-deficient neighborhoods that lack quality recreational facilities and programs.
This undertaking builds upon LACF’s previous efforts in the city of Los Angeles, where they successfully renovated 350 public basketball courts over a four-year period.
In April 2020, the L.A. Clippers Foundation made a significant announcement during a press conference, revealing their commitment to a $10 million donation to the L.A. Parks Foundation. This substantial contribution was earmarked for the refurbishment of approximately 350 basketball courts in city parks, with the ambitious goal of completing the renovations by 2021.
The aim of this initiative is to inspire increased participation in sports, particularly among boys and girls, with the expectation that such improvements to public basketball courts will contribute to fostering healthier lifestyles.
“It means so much to our children, to the community, and to the parents to have an organization where it’s more important to give back than to just win basketball games,” L.A. City Council President Herb Wesson said.
“This is an awesome opportunity for local youth,” Clippers guard Lou Williams said.
“I’m a product of a community center just like this. My first basketball game was here, in a gym like this.” he added.
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