Sacramento Kings and Raley’s Team Up to Provide Backpacks to Local Youth

Donating a Total of 2,000 Backpacks Filled with School Supplies

Today, the Sacramento Kings and Raley’s announced plans to provide 2,000 backpacks and school supplies to local youth.

“As families prepare for the upcoming school year, we are proud to partner with Raley’s to help provide fundamental supplies to contribute to student success,” said Sacramento Kings Chief Operating Officer Matina Kolokotronis. “Investing in our youth is a core pillar of our organization and we are committed to ensuring they have the resources needed for a bright future.”

"Raley's echoes the sentiment of the Kings and Volunteers of America in providing health and happiness for our youth,” said Raley’s Director of Community Relations Becca Whitman. “Getting back to routines and friendships is a wonderful reason to celebrate and support this backpack drive and all the kids in our communities.”

"I am so grateful for our partnership with the Kings and Raley's,” said Volunteers of America Director of Development Ana Bankert. “With their amazing support, Volunteers of America's Operation Backpack campaign will be able to help more local students who are in need of new backpacks and school supplies."

Yesterday, Kings and Raley’s team members gathered at Golden 1 Center to pack the backpacks with co-branded school supplies. Tonight, the two organizations will support a “Pick-a-Pack” event hosted by Volunteers of America Operation Backpack to allow pre-selected youth and their families to choose a backpack. Operation Backpack is Volunteers of America’s annual campaign to provide backpacks containing school supplies for students and families experiencing or are at-risk of homelessness. In 2022, their goal is to provide 10,000 backpacks to local students.

Of the 2,000 backpacks filled, a portion will be donated to Volunteers of America’s Operation Backpack, Mentor California and Kings and Queens Rise Co-Ed Youth Sports and Mentoring League participants.

During the 2021-22 NBA Season, the Kings partnered with Volunteers of America’s Operation Backpack and VSP Eyes of Hope to support students in need by providing gift certificates for free eye exams and glasses to schools and other education partners. Fans were encouraged to participate by donating brand-new backpacks and in return received a food voucher plus entry to win a seat upgrade.