Sheriff teams up with L.A. Clippers

Sheriff Boudreaux offers free clinic through Clippers’ Youth Basketball Camp program to 150 Tulare County youth

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TULARE COUNTY – A group of 150 Tulare County youth got to basketball with the L.A. Clippers last weekend. No, NBA Allstars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George weren’t there, but the kids did get to learn fundamentals from former college players and current college coaches.

The Los Angeles Clippers Youth Basketball camp came to Pixley Saturday as part of a partnership with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Mike Boudreaux welcomed the coaching staff and opened a free basketball clinic for 150 TCSO Junior Explorers at Pixley Middle School.

It’s all part of Sheriff Mike Boudreaux’s vision to reach out to youth in Tulare County.

“If you reach the children, you can reach the parents. And if you reach the parents, you can change the community,” he said.

Children, ages 7-17, learned the fundamentals of the game from the likes of Elisha Taylor, a former collegiate player, and a cast member in the upcoming film Space Jam 2, as well as a host of former college players now working in the Clippers organization, a Te’onna Campell, a former college player who also played professionally overseas. Other notables in attendance were Greg Hayes, assistant coach at Master’s College,

The team provided uniforms for the children and has invited them all down to Los Angeles to attend a professional basketball game.

“We want the kids to have fun and experience basketball in a fun way and hopefully stick with it because we know the power of sport,” said Julie Shaw, coordinator for Youth Basketball for the L.A. Clippers.

For more information about the TCSO Youth Development Program, please contact Corporal Monse Meza at (559) 804-7284.

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