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Houston Rockets star scores big win for local schoolkids with shopping spree

Houston Rockets star scores win for local kids with big shopping spree

Clint Capela CC15 Foundation shopping spree Reliant
Rockets star Clint Capela surprised kids with a back-to-school shopping spree.  Photo by Lee Beckmann

What: Back 2 School with Clint Capela

Where: Lupe Tortilla and Walmart

The scoop: While it's preseason for the Houston Rockets, it’s back to school season for some of the team’s biggest fans.

The team’s star center, Clint Capela, recently teamed up with Reliant to host 30 kids — specifically selected as a result of growing up in a single-parent household similar to Clint — and their mentors from Big Brothers Big Sisters at Lupe Tortilla for the CC15 Foundation’s inaugural “Back 2 School” program.

The NBA star made his rounds as the children dined with their mentors and Reliant volunteers and had the opportunity to chat with Capela one-on-one throughout the morning. He also surprised each child with a bag filled with school supplies, swag, and a $300 Walmart gift card to help kick off the school year.

The slam dunk surprise of the day was when Clint joined the kids on a “fast-break” to Walmart in prearranged transportation after breakfast as he personally helped them shop for school supplies, clothing and necessities for the upcoming year.

Capela’s foundation was founded by Capela with a mission to provide children in foster care and children of low-income single-parents with the same opportunities and resources that are available to dual-parent, middle- and upper-class families.

Who: Clint Capela, Reliant volunteers, and a host of happy Houston kids.