Kings Official Media Release


--Community Blood and Marrow Drive assists patients in need;
All donors will earn free tickets to a Kings preseason game--

SACRAMENTO, CALIF., Sept. 12, 2012 -- The Sacramento Kings and BloodSource have partnered once again to host the second annual Community Blood and Marrow Drive in an effort to give the gift of life.

Blood donors from throughout the region are invited to Power Balance Pavilion on Friday, September 14 between noon and 5 p.m. In appreciation of their donation, anyone giving blood will receive two free tickets to a Kings preseason contest, a commemorative Blood Drive T-shirt, 20 percent off at the Kings Team Store and a special offer from Bella Bru cafes. Participants will enjoy special appearances by mascots Slamson and Drippy the Blood Drop.

Blood donors and Marrow registrants help patients like ten-year old Jackson Ross. Jackson was diagnosed with leukemia in 2009 and received scores of blood products and medical treatments, including a marrow transplant in 2010. He is now a healthy and rambunctious child fully enjoying life with his family and friends. “Be the Match” marrow registry will be available to aid patients searching for marrow donors. Each year, approximately 10,000 individuals search the “Be the Match” database in hopes of locating a match. Learn more at

BloodSource aims to collect 700 units of blood every day to help patients recover from cancer and cardiac treatments, motor vehicle injuries, organ transplants, complications from childbirth and more. The inaugural Kings/BloodSource Drive in 2011 yielded nearly 100 units, a helpful total each organization is hoping to increase this year.

Join the Kings and BloodSource and jumpstart your fall by giving the gift of life:

Friday, September 14
12 noon – 5 p.m.
Power Balance Pavilion, Security Entrance

BloodSource donors can now access a personal donor page at to view rewards, results and resources. Log on today!

About Maloof Sports & Entertainment (MS&E):
Maloof Sports & Entertainment includes the Sacramento Kings and Power Balance Pavilion. Owned by the Maloof family with long-term, local partners, the organization is committed to being a contributing member of the Sacramento community. Teaming up with local leaders and non-profit organizations to give back to those in need throughout the region, MS&E has donated more than $20 million in cash and in-kind donations to more than 200 charitable entities over 13 years of Maloof family ownership. For more information about Maloof Sports & Entertainment, please visit, or call 916-928-0000.

About Blood Donation:

Donating blood is safe, easy and takes about an hour. Donors must weigh at least 110 pounds, be at least 17 years old (16 with a signed BloodSource parental consent form) and be generally healthy. There is no upper age limit for blood donations Donors must bring a photo ID and should drink plenty of fluids before donating. Potential marrow donors can register for Be The Match national marrow registry through BloodSource. Find more information or schedule an appointment by calling 866.822.5663 or visiting

About BloodSource:

Established in 1948 as a not-for-profit community blood bank, BloodSource provides life-saving services to millions of people in 26 counties throughout Northern and Central California.