Kings to Host First-Ever "Kings for the Community Night' and Donate More Than 6,000 Tickets to Deserving Children and Groups Throughout 2010-11 Regular Season


Kings to Host First-Ever "Kings for the Community Night' and Donate More Than 6,000 Tickets to Deserving Children and Groups Throughout 2010-11 Regular Season

-- Kings players and personnel team up to support “Kings for the Community” program for the fourth consecutive season --


SACRAMENTO, CA, January 4, 2011 -- Thursday’s contest between the Sacramento Kings and Denver Nuggets marks the first-ever “Kings for the Community Night,” as over 600 tickets to the game were donated by Kings players and the team’s basketball operations staff for local youth and special groups to enjoy the NBA experience. Throughout the 2010-11 regular season, more than 6,000 tickets will be donated to deserving children and groups in the Sacramento region through the 2010-11 “Kings for the Community” program, made possible by the Kings along with presenting partners Wells Fargo and U.S. Army.

Groups attending the 2010-11 “Kings for the Community Night” include: Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Sacramento Area, Foster Family Service, Institute for Advancing Unity, La Familia Counseling Center, Inc., North Roseville Recreation, Education and Creativity Center, Roberts Family Development Center, Sacramento Children’s Home, St. Francis Home for Children and the Wind Youth Center.

Introduced prior to the 2007-08 season, the “Kings for the Community” program was developed by Kings players and personnel as a way to give back to the community. In addition to the donation made by Kings players and personnel for the 2010-11 “Kings for the Community Night,” special groups and children have been attending Kings home games throughout the 2010-11 regular season courtesy of season tickets purchased by Kings players Beno Udrih, Francisco Garcia, Carl Landry, Donté Greene, Jason Thompson, Omri Casspi and Tyreke Evans. Kings players DeMarcus Cousins and Pooh Jeter purchased a significant number of group tickets for Thursday’s game as well.

“I will always remember my first NBA game,” said Cousins. “Being able to give the opportunity for kids to come out and have a good time feels pretty good, especially since they may not be able to attend a game otherwise.”

“I love playing in Sacramento,” said Jeter. “We live in an amazing community here and for us, it means so much to be able to give back to this community and help provide the NBA experience to others.”

"I want to congratulate our players and staff on their ongoing commitment to groups and people in need who live in our community,” said Kings President of Basketball Operations Geoff Petrie. “Cooperative acts of kindness such as these, many times, can lead to enjoyment and inspiration to those currently less fortunate."

All special groups in attendance at the 2010-11 “Kings for the Community Night” will also receive T-shirts, courtesy of Wells Fargo and U.S. Army.

About Wells Fargo:
Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.2 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 9,000 stores, 12,000 ATMs, the Internet (wellsfargo.com and wachovia.com), and other distribution channels across North America and internationally. With more than 278,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in America. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked #19 on Fortune’s 2009 rankings of America’s largest corporations. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy all our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially.

Wells Fargo Securities is the trade name for certain capital markets and investment banking services of Wells Fargo & Company and its subsidiaries, including Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, member FINRA and SIPC, and Wells Fargo Bank, National Association.

About U.S. Army:
The Sacramento Recruiting Battalion, under the leadership of Lt. Col. Chuck Duray, Commander, and Command Sgt. Maj. Brian Hendricks, is a regional Army recruiting headquarters located in Rancho Cordova, Calif. The Battalion has six recruiting companies which include Sierra Nevada Co. commanded by Cpt. Kevin Kahre; Redding Co. commanded by Cpt. John Sackman; Sacramento Valley Co. commanded by Cpt. Benjamin Bennett; San Joaquin Co. commanded by Cpt. Yasmin Francis; Capitol Co. commanded by Cpt. Jamie Grymes and North Bay Co. commanded by Cpt. Minh Nguyen.

Sacramento Recruiting Battalion is responsible for recruiting men and women in Northern California, Southern Oregon and Reno-Sparks-Lake Tahoe areas of Nevada. The Battalion's area of operation covers more than 112,000 square miles, with more than 200 Soldiers carrying out their recruiting duties in 42 recruiting stations.

About Maloof Sports & Entertainment:
Maloof Sports & Entertainment includes the Sacramento Kings and ARCO Arena. 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 millions of dollars to charity in 11 years of Maloof family ownership. For more information about Maloof Sports & Entertainment, please visit kings.com, arcoarena.com or call 916-928-0000.