Leonard announced the giveaway on Tuesday at Cloverdale Elementary School in his hometown of Moreno Valley, Calif.

By Michael Shapiro
August 20, 2019

Kawhi Leonard made a major impact in Southern California on Tuesday when the two-time NBA champion, the Clippers Foundation and the non-profit Baby2Baby announced they are gifting one million backpacks to students across the area. Every student in Moreno Valley Unified, Inglewood Unified and Los Angeles Unified School Districts will receive a new backpack, per a release from the Clippers.

The announcement came two months before Leonard plays in his first game with the Clippers.

“My goal this year is to make a meaningful contribution both on and off the court," Leonard said at Cloverdale Elementary School in his hometown of Moreno Valley, Calif. "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."

SomethingInked's David Schneiderman received an order for 500,000 bags 30 days prior. The Nashville-based promotional vendor creates the majority of free playoff t-shirts given out by NBA and NHL teams, and delivered the customized backpacks to the Clippers in just 30 days. 

Leonard signed a three-year contract with the Clippers in July. He joins Los Angeles after winning Finals MVP with the Raptors in 2018-19. 

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