Sacramento Kings Spotlight Women's Empowerment Month Presented by Cintron and SMUD

Franchise to Honor International Women’s Day with Rejuvenating Event for Female Team Members

Organization to Support Local Women-Focused and Run Nonprofits with Day of Volunteering

Throughout the Month, Female Team Member Contributions will be Highlighted 

Today, on International Women’s Day, the Sacramento Kings announced month-long activations designed to honor, uplift and recognize the many contributions of women within the Sacramento community and the Kings and River Cats organizations.

“The Kings are committed to promoting, supporting and developing women within the organization and beyond,” said Sacramento Kings Chief Operating Officer Matina Kolokotronis. “Our goal is to mentor, empower and inspire women and young girls, to ensure they see that they have a voice and know they have a place in any industry.” 

“SMUD is proud to partner with the Sacramento Kings and Cintron to celebrate Women’s Empowerment Month,” said SMUD CEO and General Manager Paul Lau. “Together we are supporting local organizations in our community who work to empower and create positive change for women and girls.”

Today, the organization will honor International Women’s Day and recognize powerful and inspiring female Kings and River Cats employees with a yoga and meditation event at The Space Studios. The event will focus on health and wellness and allow female team members to center, relax and reflect.

On March 11, the organization will host an all-girls Jr. Kings clinic to encourage female participation in basketball.

On March 13, the Kings will host the fifth installment of Team Up for Change with a half-day summit at Golden 1 Center focused on highlighting the contributions of women leaders working in the social justice movement. The day will include dynamic conversations featuring NBA and team leadership, changemakers, and entertainers. 

As the team takes on the Milwaukee Bucks that evening, the franchise will host Women’s Empowerment Night. The game will feature Tinsley Murray performing the national anthem and American rapper, DJ, actress and entrepreneur MC Lyte at halftime. The Rind, a locally female-owned restaurant will be featured in-game as the Kings Pop-Up Kitchen with a mac and cheese fusion dish. Additionally, the team will present a Community Impact Award to a local female leader. 

The team will participate in women-focused initiatives as part of Team Up for Change Week of Action from March 13 to 17. On March 14, Kings female team members will meet with young women at the Youth Detention Facility to connect, inspire and motivate. On March 15, the organization will unveil its 11th ROOT Garden in partnership with Raley’s at Mather Veteran Village, encouraging healthy eating and changing the way people interact with food by providing access to fresh vegetables, fruit and herbs. On March 16, female team members will volunteer at local women-focused and run nonprofit organizations that provide vital care and resources to the communities they serve. These nonprofits include WEAVE, St. John’s Women’s Shelter and Wellspring Women’s Center. Then, on March 17, the team will debut The Huddle, a dynamic conversation between Kings Assistant Coach Lindsey Harding and a young changemaker working toward addressing social justice issues.

As the team takes on the Boston Celtics on March 21, female team members will participate in a Fastbreak Mentoring: In-Game Edition session to share insight with young women from Black Youth Leadership Project. During the mentorship opportunity, the youth will learn firsthand what goes into the different aspects of an NBA game. 

Throughout the month, the Kings will highlight local female-owned businesses on the team’s social platforms and debut a content series presented by Cintron, featuring the story and contributions of female team members in various departments including, media relations, social responsibility, event management and more.