Health And Fitness / Community
The Jr. Clippers program, presented by ARCO, tipped off in January 2016. The LA Clippers join Los Angeles City Recreation and Parks (LACRP), and the newly added YMCA to work with inner city children ages 5 to 14 to promote the fundamentals of basketball, sportsmanship and athletics as an alternative to negative influences.
The program began with 750 participants from 3 Recreation Centers: Normandie, Shatto & Queen Anne in 2000-01 and has expanded within the LACRP to include 12,000 participants from 68 Recreation Centers. The newest addition to the program is the YMCA, who brings their 26 centers and 12,000 participants to bring the Jr. Clippers program total to 24,000 youth.
Late Night Hoops
The Clippers Late Night Hoops is a late evening basketball league providing positive alternatives for young adults by allowing them to run the courts instead of running the streets. The program promotes non-violence and unity, health and fitness, educational opportunities, employment referral and organized recreation and cultural activities. The program also goes beyond basketball with off-court activities which include Job Fairs for the league's players and the local community. The LA Clippers have partnered with the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks for the program, which will recruit over 170 young adults ages 18-25 from the Figueroa corridor and various at risk neighborhoods in South Los Angeles. The Los Angeles City Police Department also lends its support.
The LA Clippers FIT Program is designed to reinforce the importance of fitness and exercise to youth in our community. The Clippers FIT Program also challenges elementary and middle schools to find creative ways to make exercise and healthy nutrition fun for their students. During the FIT Minutes Challenge, each participating student is asked to track the number of minutes they spend doing physical activity each day. The physical activity can be anything from walking, running, jogging, skipping, playing sports, jump roping, dancing, or anything that requires a student to get up and move! Schools also have a chance to participate in the FIT Days challenge during the year. Each registered school holds a fitness day for their students, as schools find creative ways to make exercise and healthy nutrition fun during a special one day event held at the school.
Wheelchair basketball began as rehabilitation for soldiers returning from World War II and was formalized as a competitive sport in 1948, just one season after the NBA. The LA Clippers Chairmen wheelchair basketball team is in its 11th season as part of the Clippers family. The Clippers team up with the National Wheelchair Basketball Association to sponsor the Clippers Chairmen. The Clippers Wheelchair players are not only chairmen of the court, they also participate with the Clippers community outreach and participate in wheelchair basketball clinics with adaptive PR programs at local high schools throughout the year.