Kings & JT Foundation Host "Red Night Out"

--A portion of special event ticket sales will benefit the American Heart Association; Proceeds to fund heart disease research and education--

SACRAMENTO, CALIF., Apr. 1, 2013 – The American Heart Association has joined forces with the Sacramento Kings and one of the team’s longest-tenured, most philanthropic players to host “Red Night Out” at Sleep Train Arena on Sunday, April 7.

Kings fans are encouraged to attend the game wearing red as a show of support for heart disease awareness, a cause that will always hold a special meaning for Kings forward Jason Thompson.

In 2010, Jason suffered the loss of his cousin to heart disease. Tiffany Carroll was only 25-years-old when she lost her life to a condition known as Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM), the leading cause of sudden cardiac death in young athletes. The tragedy inspired Jason to honor Tiffany’s memory with the formation of the Jason Thompson Foundation—dedicated to creating healthy lifestyles for children and young adults by providing the resources and social support needed to live each day as active heart-healthy individuals.

Fans can assist Thompson’s quest to increase awareness about heart disease and fund critical research efforts by purchasing a special event ticket, with a percentage of sales benefitting the American Heart Association. Additionally, each ticket includes an exclusive postgame gathering with Jason and a limited edition JT bobblehead (pictured below).

About Jason Thompson:
Jason Thompson is a Professional Basketball Player for the Sacramento Kings. As an athlete, Jason realized early on the importance of a healthy lifestyle and has made it his life’s mission to educate fellow athletes, children and young adults about the causes he feels so passionately about. In 2011, he founded The Jason Thompson Foundation, a 501 (C) (3) organization dedicated to creating healthy lifestyles for children and young adults by providing the resources and social support needed to live each day as active heart-healthy individuals. To LIVE by example and bring awareness to heart disease. To learn more or to get involved visit www.thejasonthompsonfoundation.com

About the American Heart Association:
The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – America’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit www.heart.org or call any of our offices around the country.