The cafeteria is buzzing with excitement as President of Business Operations Gillian Zucker takes to the podium next.
“Coming home to SoCal, Kawhi is focused on making an impact, not only on the court but off the court as well. And today, right here, right now, he’s getting to work.” Zucker begins.
“Kawhi wanted to do something special for everyone of you, so I am very excited to announce that every student at Cloverdale Elementary will receive this brand new backpack to start the school year.”
After the cheering and excitement reaches its peak, Zucker continues, “But Kawhi didn’t want to stop there. So get this because of Kawhi Leonard and the Clippers, every student in the Moreno Valley Unified School District will also get this brand new backpack. All 35,000 kids!”
If the cheering for Kawhi’s introduction was a ten, the backpack announcement was an eleven. Students are screaming and cheering as loud as their little bodies can. The phones return to the hands of faculty members taking photos as Zucker holds up the backpack and Kawhi cracks a smile.
“Do you want to thank him?” Zucker asks. The adolescent crowd cheers louder.
Kawhi approaches the podium and delivers a simple message.