Kings Dedicate December to Sacramento Community
SACRAMENTO, CA ---- The Sacramento Kings kicked off “12 Days of Giving Big” at Tuesday night’s game. The community outreach program focuses on charitable giving within the Sacramento region. The program culminates on Saturday, December 14th with a community day downtown. The program is a part of the NBA Cares® Season of Giving.
“Our community has given so much to us,” said Kings President Chris Granger. “The Kings literally would not be here without them. These 12 days are focused on giving back to our fans to help them have brighter holiday seasons.”
Since the new ownership group took control of the Kings this past summer, the team has contributed $1 million to the Sacramento community.
“By our first anniversary, we will have contributed $2 million and our team members both on and off the court will have donated more than 1,000 hours of time to help the Sacramento community,” said Granger.
Fans are asked to share their own stories of giving using the hashtags #NBAGiveBIG #ForeverPurple.
The “12 Days of Giving Big” events:
- December 3
- December 4
- December 5
- December 6
- December 7
- December 8
- December 9
- December 10
- December 11
- December 12
- December 13
- Saturday, December 14
- Sunday, December 15
- Vivek Ranadivé and Chris Granger present checks to 25 community partners totaling nearly $400,000.
- Breakfast with Santa at Arden Fair Mall to benefit CCHAT Center and Keaton Raphael Memorial.
- Fitness training with 80 residents of Albert Einstein Residence Center, featuring Kings center Hamady Ndiaye.
- Sleep Train Mattress Centers Foster Kids Toy Drive at Kings-Lakers game.
- Sacramento Kings grant wish for three-year-old girl during KNCI Radiothon.
- Evening with Saint Nick and Ray McCallum, benefiting children from St. John's Shelter Program for Women and Children.
- Kings and Wells Fargo donate 100 bicycles and helmets to kids from Big Brothers Big Sisters program.
- Ben McLemore and Wells Fargo distribute boxes of food to 100 families in need from Del Paso Heights area.
- Travis Outlaw joins Verizon and Nokia Solutions Networks to distribute boxes of food to 200 families in need from La Familia Counseling Center, Roberts Family Development Center and Foster Hope Sacramento.
- Marcus Thornton joins Kaiser Permanente to distribute boxes of food to 100 families in need from the South Sacramento community.
- DeMarcus Cousins joins Wells Fargo to host 100 kids for a shopping spree at Walmart.
Sacramento Kings host coat drive benefiting 150 under privileged teens.
Sacramento Kings employees donate 50 toys to the Salvation Army Angel Tree and ring bells for donations.
Sacramento Kings provide a viewing party and dinner during the Kings-Suns away game for military families from Beale Air Force Base.
- Kings host Winter Wonderland in downtown with Aaron Gray, Quincy Acy, Kings Dancers, employees and Cap City Kingdom members.
- Jason Thompson, Rudy Gay, Ben McLemore, Derrick Williams and Jimmer Fredette join Wells Fargo to host holiday party for patients and their families at Shriner's Hospital for Children.
- DeMarcus Cousins and Kings staff visit patients to spread cheer and distribute Kings gift bags at Kaiser Permanente.
- Jason Thompson and Center for Fathers and Families to host 50 kids on a shopping spree at Walmart.
- Kings spread holiday joy with Wells Fargo, Kaiser Permanente, Verizon, Nokia Solutions Network, Pizza Guys, Subway and Arden Fair Mall to present a video of the “12 Days of Giving Big” campaign with community organizations who have participated in events.