How Doc Rivers Is Helping Fight Poverty While Leading the Clippers

Doc Rivers has built the Clippers into a legitimate title contender, while fighting for anti-poverty organizations that can’t fight for themselves.

Following last night’s win against the Memphis Grizzlies, the Los Angeles Clippers sit third in the Western Conference with a 38-19 record and continue their pursuit of the franchise’s first-ever NBA championship. But basketball is not the only priority on the mind of head coach Doc Rivers.

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Nearly 3,000 miles away, on the opposite side of the country, Rivers remains an advocate for Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD), an anti-poverty organization based out of the town he coached in for nine NBA seasons. Their work fighting for at-risk youth is nonstop, but providing warmth to the homeless is a major concern during the harsh winter months.

“The people at ABCD are doing incredible work,” said Rivers. “It’s important to make time for mankind. We all have jobs, but that doesn’t mean the world stops. Sometimes we get so caught up in our work that we forget about everything else, but I’ve always believed if you can help, you should help.”

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