The L.A. Clippers Foundation & Chris Paul Family Foundation Team Up with The Salvation Army to Change Lives
On Friday, June 26, the L.A. Clippers Foundation and the Chris Paul Family Foundation opened a Live, Learn and Play Center at The Salvation Army Compton Corps Community Center. A brief press conference was held with speakers from the Paul Family, City of Compton's Mayor's Office, as well as The Salvation Army's Major Grady Brown. Following the press conference there was a ceremonial ribbon cutting followed by a walk thru of the newly refurbished facility – giving Compton community members their first look at the renovated facility.
Thanks to the Foundations’ generosity, The Salvation Army Compton Corps Community Center has received much needed access to technology, books and furniture for the many children that actively visit the center. The day’s event featured a look into the new Media and Technology Lounge, a Game Zone play room, as well as, a refurbished computer room, fitness center, nursery and playground. The two Foundations also partnered to develop five areas of the center providing it with new technology, consisting of computers, a SMART Board, e-readers and tablets. Additional items provided include books, fitness equipment, furniture, video games with consoles, game tables and televisions.
The Salvation Army Compton Corps serves one of the most troubled urban regions in Southern California. The Corps supplies living assistance to low-income families through Family Services, growth and learning development for infants to five-year olds through Child Care, and academic, artistic and athletic activities for students of all ages through its Youth, Adult and Senior Programs.
In 2005, Chris Paul established the CP3 Foundation, in honor of his late grandfather to provide scholarships for high school graduates to attend Wake Forest University. Chris' emphasis on community involvement has won the CP3 Foundation the NBA's Community Assist Award five times. Just recently here in 2015, the name of the foundation was changed to the Chris Paul Family Foundation. The foundation's initiatives include partnerships with Feed The Children, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Boys & Girls Club, Habitat for Humanity, and LA's Best. The foundation also sponsors and supports literacy initiatives, youth basketball clinics, court refurbishments and adaptive athletic programs for special needs children.
The L.A. Clippers Foundation exists to foster and support community outreach programs and activities with positive educational, civic, environmental and humanitarian values that benefit and enhance the quality of life primarily for children in greater Los Angeles. To meet these commitments, the foundation will seek, accept and donate funds and in-kind items to support community outreach programs and initiatives of local children's charities and organizations.
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