The Clippers’ season-opening trip to Hawaii in October for training camp concludes with a pre-season game that will also benefit the state’s recovery from the wildfires.
All proceeds from their Oct. 8 preseason game against the Utah Jazz at Honolulu’s SimpliFi Arena will be donated to the Maui Strong Fund, the team announced Wednesday. The fund is managed by the nonprofit Hawaii Community Foundation, which only seeks cash donations “that can be deployed quickly, with an emphasis on rapid response and recovery from the devastating Maui wildfires,” it said Foundation website.
The wildfire that burned Lahaina is the deadliest in the US in a century. Last week, the Clippers and 11 other major professional sports teams in Los Angeles donated $450,000 to American Red Cross relief efforts in Maui.
The Clippers have previously been affiliated with the state and this year will be their fourth training camp in Honolulu since 2017. The Clippers will arrive in the capital on Oct. 2 after the team held its season-opening media day in Los Angeles. The team said its foundation, along with the Hawaii Tourism Authority, will support wildfire recovery efforts in other ways as well.
The Oct. 8 game against Utah is the first of the Clippers’ four preseason games. The Clippers play jazz again at Seattle’s Climate Pledge Arena on October 10th and then conclude with two shows against Denver at Crypto.com Arena on October 17th and 19th.
The Clippers open the 2023-24 NBA regular season on October 25 at home against Portland at Crypto.com Arena.