Kings Help Lead Community Discussion

The Kings and law enforcement come together to talk to encourage an open dialogue with local youth.
by Benedict Tagle
Writer, Kings.com

As part of the Kings Community Coalition, members of the team alongside law enforcement officers led a town hall encouraging an open dialogue between youth and law enforcement.

Roseville Police Chief Daniel Hahn, Sacramento Police Department Deputy Chief Ken Bernard and Commissioner Traffic Judge Carlton Davis represented local law enforcement. Meanwhile, Langston Galloway, Garrett Temple and Anthony Tolliver represented the team, answering questions from students in the community. They encouraged those in attendance to be honest and as forthcoming with their feedback as possible.

“Be real,” Temple said as part of his opening remarks.

“I think the biggest thing to take away from this is being able to understand that never be shy about any situation you go through,” Galloway said after the discussion.

Players, youth and law enforcement officers were eager to share their thoughts and concerns with each other. Discussion between the groups flowed freely, with everyone sharing their experiences.

“I think that sometimes gets lost in the sauce,” Tolliver said after the town hall discussion. “A lot of people feel like there’s so many barriers out there, and so many different things out there that keep us from achieving our dream.”

Hard work and chasing dreams played a big role in the discussion. Both players and law enforcement encouraged youth to follow their dreams. The barriers they will face can be overcome.

“I think that sometimes gets lost in the sauce,” Tolliver said after the town hall discussion. “A lot of people feel like there’s so many barriers out there, and so many different things out there that keep us from achieving our dream.”

For these players, it was important for them to contribute to the discussion and foster dialogue.

“I never had an NBA player or a guy that type of level to encourage me,” Tolliver revealed on why it meant so much for him to participate. “Just to have the opportunity to encourage some kids to achieve their dreams is priceless.”

Temple also conveyed a personal importance for him to facilitate these types of conversations.

“With what’s going on in our society right now, what has been going on for a while, we always want to give back and want to talk, want to have communication in terms of the way we can make a change,” Temple said.

Galloway shared similar sentiments on his involvement with the Kings Community Coalition. Prior to joining the Kings, he had already participated in similar town hall discussions in New Orleans.

“I just think that being able to be in these situations, help out as many kids as I can, and just to help the dialogue continue,” he expressed as a motivation to participate. “It might be all around the country. It needs to continue going.”



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