Kings Fan Barbara Rust aka 'Sign Lady' Inducted into ESPN’s Fan Hall of Fame
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Barbara Rust, affectionately known as “Sign Lady” in the Sacramento community, was inducted today into the ESPN Fan Hall of Fame.
“Barbara truly represents the spirit of the Sacramento Kings in so many ways,” said Kings owner Vivek Ranadive. “On behalf of the entire Kings organization, I congratulate her on this special honor.”
After a 10 day voting period, Rust, along with University of Arkansas Razorback fan Canaan Sandy and Georgia Bulldog supporter Pierce Wallace, each received more than 85,000 votes on the Fan Hall of Fame website. The trio was featured in individual 15-second spots across ESPN’s platforms and will have their names engraved above vintage stadium chairs located on ESPN’s main campus in Bristol, Connecticut. As the only professional sports fan in this year’s class, Rust represents not only Sacramento Kings fans, but passionate fans across the NBA.
“The inductees received outstanding support from their teams, communities and fellow fans throughout the voting period,” said Jeffrey Gonyo, senior director of sports marketing at ESPN. ”We look forward to bringing Barbara, Canaan and Pierce to our headquarters to honor their passion and dedication.”
Described by Kings fans as the heart of the team’s fan base, Rust has been to every single Kings game since 1985.
“Barbara has been a tremendous part of our team for many years, and she fully demonstrates why Sacramento has the best fan base in the NBA," said Kings President Chris Granger. “She embodies the determination and perseverance of Sacramento, and we are proud of her induction into the ESPN Hall of Fame."