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“These are the kids that grew up in the same place I did. Now that we’re coming back here making a difference and being an inspiration, it’s not always about the game of basketball. It’s about making a difference.”
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There’s no mistaking what Paul Pierce means to Inglewood High School or what the school means to Pierce, the most electrifying basketball player to come out of Inglewood, which is why the recent Vision To Learn announcement at Inglewood High School meant something particularly special to Pierce, who helped give out free glasses to students. “When it’s your home, I try to fight back tears, because this community raised me,” Pierce said. “These are the kids that grew up in the same place I did. Now that we’re coming back here making a difference and being an inspiration, it’s not always about the game of basketball. It’s about making a difference.” The LA Clippers Foundation and Vision To Learn, a non-profit provider of free eye exams and glasses to students in low-income communities, were able to do just that, as Pierce returned alongside teammate Chris Paul for the announcement and to distribute the free glasses. “I’ve done a ton of these for different causes, but this was maybe one of the coolest ones ever,” Paul said. “Like a lot of these kids, I’ve looked up to (Pierce) for many years. I’ve never been here to Inglewood High School. To be here with Paul made it that much more special.” Paul said vision is a bigger deal than most realize and something most people take for granted. “Being a parent of my own, I know how important it is to check your kid’s vision and make sure it’s not something that lingers and becomes a problem.” That’s what the LA Clippers Foundation and Vision To Learn were at Inglewood High School to help solve. “The Clippers, this year, have a slogan that wraps around the team and through business ops, everything we do,” said Clippers President of Business Operations Gillian Zucker. “It’s, ‘Together We Will.’ I’m reminded of it as I stand here, because what we’ve accomplished here in Inglewood in providing children with the ability to see, together we did.”