Kings Q&A: Dorene Dominguez

As the team’s sole Latina Minority Owner, how much do you enjoy seeing the NBA honor Latino heritage with Noches éne•bé•a? In your opinion, how does Noches éne•bé•a help connect local Hispanic youth or families with the NBA?
Noches éne•bé•a is a great opportunity to grow the Kings commitment to fostering good will and stronger relationships throughout Sacramento and the region. Having a night to honor Latino fans, players and community influencers is an important factor in building and keeping a solid Latino fanbase connected to the game.

By recognizing and honoring the contributions that culture has on our community, we’re celebrating what makes Sacramento a wonderful city. I am delighted that we are taking the steps to embrace the Latino community. I hope we do more to recognize Latinos to show our appreciation. After all, I am Latina, too -- and proud of it!

Did you grow up a fan of the NBA and the Sacramento Kings?
Growing up in Southern California, I was a fan of the Los Angeles Lakers. As a teenager, I was a cheerleader at Colton High School and cheered for the basketball team. Now, I’m a Kings fan that proudly wears purple.

What do you think drew you to this team?
The fans’ enthusiasm drew me in – especially, when they fought to keep the team in Sacramento. That energy inspired me to step up and invest in the Kings and in Sacramento. The Kings truly are a community asset. This team brings us all together as a family!

Based on your development background, how important is it for Sacramento to continue to develop downtown?
It is essential to continue to grow and revitalize downtown Sacramento. Thanks to Vivek Ranadive's vision and efforts by Mayor Kevin Johnson, City Council and countless fans, Golden 1 Center is only months away from opening, and downtown is transforming before our eyes.

Lastly, if you could send a message to Kings fans, what would you say?
¡Gracias por su apoyo! Thank you for your loyalty and commitment. We have the greatest fans! Go Kings!

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