Sacramento Kings Tip-Off 18th Annual Season of Doing Good Presented by K-LOVE
Every year in honor of the holiday season, the Sacramento Kings, their partners and the team’s charitable arm – the Sacramento Kings Foundation – work alongside nonprofits, community organizations and volunteers to promote acts of #DoGood and invest in the region. The 2019 Season of Doing Good presented by K-LOVE will feature over 30 events with more than 100 community partners and impact over 20,000 people throughout the Greater Sacramento area.
“Giving back to our community is an important part of our culture and we’re excited to continue our organization-wide effort to support those in need this holiday season,” said Sacramento Kings Chief Operating Officer Matina Kolokotronis. “The Season of Doing Good is a special time for all team members and players to come together to volunteer, serve and spread holiday cheer in a way that we hope makes a lasting impression on young people and families throughout the region.”
“It’s a privilege to partner with the Kings for their Season of Doing Good and make a difference for those in need during the holiday season,” said K-LOVE Chief of Partnerships David Pierce. “We are excited to see the impact of these Season of Doing Good events in Sacramento this year.”
This year, the Kings started the Season of Doing Good early with two events on November 8 and 9. On November 8, Kings staff members visited Beale Air Force Base to launch and plant the organization’s seventh ROOT Garden in the Sacramento Valley in partnership with Raley’s for the service members and families on the base. The staff then hosted a Jr. Kings Clinic for the youth who live on the base. On November 9, the Kings Street Team, 916 Crew, mascot Slamson and staff visited Paradise to join Butte County in their “Camp Fire Day of Remembrance” to take part in the day’s festivities.
Select Season of Doing Good events include:
Monday, November 18 – Richaun Holmes Shoe Drive
Kings forward Richaun Holmes will donate custom shoes to 150 women from WEAVE.
Monday, November 18 – Eat Like a King
Kings players and staff will host nearly 200 youth and families from the Sacramento State Educational Opportunity Program, Wellspring Women’s Center, College Track, Sacramento Area Youth Speaks, My Brother’s Keeper, La Familia Counseling Center, Folsom Cordova Community Partnership and college-aged veterans from local schools for a Thanksgiving-themed meal at Golden 1 Center.
Tuesday, November 26 – Polar Express Train Ride
To tip-off the holidays in style, the Kings and the California State Railroad Museum Foundation will invite 250 children and adults from local nonprofits to join them for a special ride aboard THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride.
Sunday, December 1 – Sacramento Children’s Home Holiday Festival with Yogi Ferrell
Kings guard Yogi Ferrell and the Sacramento Kings Foundation will host a festival-style holiday party for the youth at the Sacramento Children’s Home as part of the team’s 18th Season of Doing Good. During this event, Yogi will announce plans to redesign and upgrade three common spaces in the near future.
Saturday and Sunday, December 14-15 – Love Our City Destiny Church
For the entire weekend, Destiny Church, in partnership with the Sacramento Kings, will host Christmas entertainment with activities including pictures with Santa and a Winter Wonderland full of sweet treats, characters, a clothing boutique, the Kings sport court with Jr. Kings coaches and more. Over 1,500 youth will receive a new bike, toy and helmet for Christmas. This event is closed to the media and all participants have been pre-selected from local Placer County Title I elementary schools.
Sunday, December 22 – Dewayne Dedmon Shopping Spree
Kings center Dewayne Dedmon will host 100 youth for dinner and a shopping spree to treat them to several items on their wish list ahead of the holidays.
January 2020 – Shop Like a King
For the second year in a row, Kings players and coaches will host families from the Sacramento Food Bank for a grocery shopping spree to start the year off right.
Kings players Harrison Barnes, Bogdan Bogdanovic, Cory Joseph and Caleb Swanigan have also purchased tickets that they will donate throughout the 2019-20 season to entertain families, students and local youth who may not be able to otherwise experience an NBA game, as well as to support educational initiatives, local nonprofit organizations and more.
Throughout the holiday season, Kings staff members will pitch in to share the holiday spirit and serve the community. Kings volunteer activities will include participating in toy donation drives, an all-staff volunteer day assembling care packages for troops, tree deliveries for local seniors, a shopping spree for underserved youth and more.
Season of Doing Good event guests and audiences are predetermined and selected in collaboration with local nonprofit partners and community organizations. Additional events will be announced based on availability.
The Kings Foundation is a nonprofit organization that works year-round with the goal of supporting the Sacramento region through special events, unique programs and volunteer opportunities. Serving as an agent of change, the Foundation’s ongoing efforts look to #DoGood, impact the world and make #SacramentoProud.
For more information on the Kings Foundation and the Season of Doing Good, visit Kings.com/Community.