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LA School District Backpack Donation Write Up

On August 20th, Kawhi Leonard, The Los Angeles Clippers, and Baby2Baby partnered to donate brand new backpacks to every single student in the Moreno Valley Unified, Inglewood Unified, and Los Angeles Unified School Districts. As a result, a total of one million backpacks were provided to children in a district where 80% of students were eligible for free or reduced lunch, meaning they are from a disadvantaged background, which represents the largest donation in LAUSD history. 

After winning the NBA Championship and Finals MVP in 2018-2019 with the Toronto Raptors, Leonard signed with the Clippers as a free agent, returning to his hometown of Los Angeles. In support of this charitable project, he made an appearance at his former elementary school to speak with students and personally pass out backpacks. 

“I want to help kids with their education,” Leonard said, “to hopefully inspire them to keep moving forward despite the obstacles, and I wanted to start with my old school because this is where it all started at for me.”

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SPARX logistics is honored to have played a role in ensuring the backpacks reached their destination in time for the first day of school. On behalf of the supplier, Something Inked, SPARX was proud to provide expedited shipping service to meet all deadlines and help support this project’s success.