About Team Up for Change
The Sacramento Kings, in partnership with the Milwaukee Bucks, Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx, Indiana Pacers and Fever, Dallas Mavericks and Wings, Cleveland Cavaliers, Utah Jazz, Orlando Magic, LA Clippers and San Antonio Spurs will host the fourth installment of Team Up for Change to unite, inspire and activate around a shared commitment and call for racial equality and social justice.
This multi-faceted initiative has evolved to include The Huddle, an intimate conversation with a young person and NBA or WNBA player or coach and Week of Action (January 17-22) highlighting community activations across the country in each team’s market.
The Huddle will feature an intimate experience using the game of basketball to connect through conversation and raise awareness around the need for continued and sustained action. Teams will host a unique, one-of-a-kind dialogue with a player or coach and a local young person) to discuss their vision and desires for the future, sharing their sense of purpose personally and within their community and their concerns and priorities in achieving social and racial equity. The Huddle will be shared on via the team’s social channels throughout the season. Teams will also have the opportunity to host a local community viewing event to bring together high school and college-aged students, youth advocates and community leaders to watch The Huddle and facilitate a discussion around themes and work being done in the region.
During the Week of Action, teams will deepen connections with their communities by hosting micro-events for youth that spur dynamic conversations and promote healing with an emphasis on mentorship, career exploration, leadership training and advancing pathways to substantial economic mobility for future generations. These activations will take place in Sacramento, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Indianapolis, Dallas, Cleveland, Salt Lake City, Orlando, Los Angeles and San Antonio in partnership with community organizations and local leaders.
In solidarity with communities nationwide, the goal of Team Up for Change is to shine a spotlight on local and national movement builders, faith-based leaders, highlight fresh perspectives from young innovators and trusted experts, lift up voices for future engagement, and hear from team leadership on franchise commitments, all with a focus on the intersection between sports, race and the pursuit of more equitable communities. Programming is designed to provide insight into social justice reform, strategies to combat systemic racism and showcase voices driving sustainable change.
Team Up for Change envisions a space for teams to come together were we collectively:
Unite as teams off the court and come together with our cities to confront the issues that plague our most vulnerable populations by using our platforms for robust, honest discussion, and action to ignite sustainable change.
Inspire leaders from the league, our organizations and local communities to use their influence in dialogue that promotes critical questioning and relevant actions while addressing systemic and racial injustices.
Activate with our communities to support students, youth advocates, educators and nonprofit leaders to provide resources that promote education, inclusion, health and economic development.
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WEEK OF ACTION
During the Week of Action, the participating teams will strive to deepen connections in their communities with events that spur dynamic conversations, interactions with youth groups, and healing.
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