When he was drafted, Jordan Clarkson spoke about his Filipino roots, saying "It's a great feeling, I've got the country behind me. It feels great. That's also driving me too, just being one of the first. I'm just trying to make a mark here and find a significant role."
During the season, Clarkson made history this season as a part of the NBA's first ever Asian-American starting backcourt. So it is fitting that Clarkson is giving back to a place whose support he had before playing a single game for the purple and gold. The All-Rookie first team guard is spending some of his offseason time in the Philippines (where his mother is from) working with children:
.@Lakers' @JClark5on doing work with the Kids of Tondo. #NBACaresPH #NBAcares #NBA pic.twitter.com/RkGPLvXW1H— NBA Philippines (@NBA_Philippines) May 23, 2015
He even showed off his hops for the kids, throwing down a reverse jam:
Clarkson seemed to really enjoy his time working with the community:
Omg that was one of the best experiences of my life, this is amazing, we are really blessed thank you @nba_philippines #nbacares— Jordan Clarkson (@JClark5on) May 23, 2015
Count your blessing man, I love this place it's so much REAL love here amazing so happy to touch so many people.— Jordan Clarkson (@JClark5on) May 23, 2015
Players who are successful on the court are great, but it is awesome to see players that are genuinely good people too. By all indications, Clarkson seems to be both.