Sacramento Kings New Court Will Include Recycled Shoes From Players and Fans

Donations of Used Athletic Shoes for Use In Sustainably Smart Court Will be Accepted January 13

Sacramento, Calif. – As construction at Golden 1 Center – the future home of the Sacramento Kings – continues, fans will have the opportunity to contribute in a unique way to a new playing surface for Kings games and college basketball games that is currently in development, design and production. In line with the organization’s continued commitment to sustainability, the Kings are looking for fans to help create a fundamental feature of Golden 1 Center’s home court advantage.

Tomorrow, January 13, the Sacramento Kings will collect used athletic shoes from Kings Legends, current players and fans. Fans will be able to donate their shoes in the following ways:

  • By bringing a pair of used athletic shoes to Sleep Train Arena on January 13 when the Kings take on the Pelicans. We encourage fans to write a special message on the shoes prior to donation.
  • Fans can tweet reasons why their shoes should be included in the court with the hashtag #KingsCourt to @SacramentoKings and @Kings_Community. If their tweet is selected, the Kings RV will come tomorrow, January 13, between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. PST to collect their sneakers.

“Golden1 Center will set a new standard for how we think about our environment and sustainability. This program represents yet another unique opportunity to demonstrate our commitment to conservation while also engaging our fans by giving them an opportunity to be a part of our court’s DNA,” said Kings President Chris Granger.

The Sacramento Kings are partnering with industry-leading Connor Sports in the manufacturing of their courts. This revolutionary court will include a number of recycled materials as well as have a connection to the Sacramento region. The first of these special materials will be the athletic shoes donated by Kings fans and players.

The donated shoes will be recycled into a rubber grind, which will be combined with Nike Grind and incorporated into the foam layer of the new court. Since 1990, Nike has transformed more than 29 million pairs of shoes and 36,000 tons of manufacturing scrap into Nike Grind.



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