September 11, 2015 —The sun was not the hottest thing to hit L.A. Live last week! The downtown outdoor venue set the stage for our 309 AmeriCorps members as they kicked off a year of service in L.A.’s lowest-performing schools. The high-energy event included an announcement by L.A. Clippers President of Business Operations Gillian Zucker and Head Coach Doc Rivers and that City Year Los Angeles will receive a $3 million donation from the Clippers Foundation to support our work in 5 Watts elementary schools.

The gift to City Year L.A. marks the largest donation ever made by the LA Clippers Foundation.

City Year corps members serve in 26 underserved schools in Watts, South L.A., Boyle Heights and Koreatown. They provide individual support to more than 10,000 at-risk students as part of a national effort to increase high school graduation rates.

Mayor Eric Garcetti, LAUSD Board President Steve Zimmer and CaliforniaVolunteers Chief Service Officer Karen Baker were among the high-profile speakers who offered inspiring words to the nation's largest City Year corps.

The program included a tribute from City Year CEO & Co-Founder Michael Brown to outgoing City Year L.A. Board Chair & Co-Founder Andrew Hauptman.

The ceremony closed with a powerful "spirit break" where all 550+ attendees and the corps connected in a symbol of unity saying the words, “Start strong, LA!”

Watch this video to see a recap of the day’s highlights:

Read coverage about ‘Opening Day’ below:

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