“Glasses are COOL!” exclaimed Blake Griffin. The L.A. Clippers Foundation and Blake Griffin have partnered with Vision to Learn to provide free eye exams and eyeglasses to students in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) who need them. This partnership began in Inglewood Unified School District (IUSD), two years ago, under former state administrator Dr. Vincent Matthews. The partnership was announced at the Lovelia P. Flournoy Elementary School in South Los Angeles.
With nearly 600,000 enrolled LAUSD students, it is estimated that between 15 to 20 percent need glasses. 95% of first graders who need glasses but don’t due in part to their families being low-income and have difficulty accessing affordable vision care. Eighty percent of all learning during a child’s first 12 years is visual, making a pair of glasses a critical component of their education.
“We are hoping to address the vision problem for the students of LAUSD for one reason: it is the L.A. Clippers Foundation’s goal to make a positive difference for children in Los Angeles,” said Clippers Chairman Steve Ballmer. “I’m so proud that the Clippers are able to make a lasting impact alongside Blake Griffin.”
The L.A. Clippers foundation has previously provided glasses to students in Inglewood and Long Beach Unified School Districts.
“With the support of Blake Griffin and the L.A. Clippers Foundation, LAUSD will become the largest school district in the nation to provide glasses for every child who needs them, free of charge,” said Vision to Learn Founder and Chairman Austin Beutner. Beutner was the former CEO and Publisher of the Los Angeles Times and Deputy Mayor of the City of Los Angeles.
“The sheer number of kids we’ll reach with this program is unbelievable,” said Blake Griffin.
The partnership between the L.A. Clippers Foundation and Vision to Learn has helped more than 700,000 students L.A. County wide.