About Team Up for Change
The Sacramento Kings, in partnership with the Milwaukee Bucks, Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx, Indiana Pacers and Fever, Dallas Mavericks and Wings, and Cleveland Cavaliers will host the third Team Up for Change summit to unite, inspire and activate. The multiday experience will begin with a virtual event on Wednesday, October 21 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. PT which will be livestreamed on team digital channels and geared toward an audience of high school and college-aged students, youth advocates, community leaders, team employees, season ticket members and corporate partners. The free approximately three-hour program will be followed by a week of action featuring community activations across the country in each team’s market and a nine-part online content series. Through interactive and educational programming, the nine teams will address issues of police accountability, brutality, criminal justice reform, economic empowerment, diversity and inclusion, and civic engagement to propel forward the commitments made to their respective communities.
In solidarity with communities nationwide, the goal of Team Up for Change is to shine a spotlight on local and national movement builders, faith-based leaders, highlight fresh perspectives from young innovators and trusted experts, lift up voices for future engagement, and hear from team leadership on franchise commitments, all with a focus on the intersection between sports, race and the pursuit of more equitable communities. Programming is designed to provide insight into social justice reform, strategies to combat systemic racism and showcase voices driving sustainable change.
Team Up for Change envisions a space for teams to come together were we collectively:
Unite as teams off the court and come together with our cities to confront the issues that plague our most vulnerable populations by using our platforms for robust, honest discussion, and action to ignite sustainable change.
Inspire leaders from the league, our organizations and local communities to use their influence in dialogue that promotes critical questioning and relevant actions while addressing systemic and racial injustices.
Activate with our communities to support students, youth advocates, educators and nonprofit leaders to provide resources that promote education, inclusion, health and economic development.
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Team Up for Change Origin Story
Get an inside look at how tragedy inspired the Sacramento Kings to unite with members of the local community, as well as NBA and WNBA teams, in a shared commitment for racial equality and social justice.9:07 AM PT
Sports Broadcaster & Host of Team Up for Change
• NBA Commissioner Adam Silver
• Kings Owner & Chairman Vivek Ranadivé
Beyond the Court with Caron Butler
NBA Champion Caron Butler will take part in a discussion with Kings Color Analyst Doug Christie to share his journey from Racine, Wis., to becoming a professional basketball player, the importance of character and mentorship, as well as what gives him hope for the future.9:30 AM PT
Marisa Renee Lee of The Justice Collaborative will take part in a discussion with Bucks sideline and digital reporter Zora Stephenson on police accountability and policy reform in an effort to create a more just America.9:48 AM PT
Cleveland Cavaliers In-Arena Host Ahmaad Crump will facilitate a conversation with Tyra Patterson of the Ohio Justice and Policy Center as she shares her story of being wrongly convicted and serving 23 years in prison for a crime she didn’t commit.9:56 AM PT
America’s Got Talent Season 15 Winner Brandon Leake will perform “Mosaic.”10:02 AM PT
Dallas Mavericks Game Night Emcee & Inclusion Ambassador Chris Arnold will host a discussion with community leaders on the importance of civic engagement and voting both on the local and national level. Akilah Wallace of Faith in Texas, Veronica Torres Hazley of Hey Chica!, Xavier Henderson of Strategy at For Oak Cliff, and Elizabeth Henneke of the Lone Star Justice Alliance will share powerful insight highlighting the importance of civic awareness and engagement to address racial inequities, promote social justice and drive sustainable change.10:17 AM PT
Importance of Voting
Kings Color Analyst Doug Christie will discuss the importance of registering and exercising the right to vote with Kings Forward Harrison Barnes and his wife, Brittany Barnes, who’s the founder of Oakland-based hair and beauty destination GoodBody. Encouraging education around voting, the discussion will address voter access, suppression issues and how sports teams can play a role in supporting our elections.10:25 AM PT
Sacramento Poet Laureate Chianne “Cloudy” Carrier will perform “This Poem Gon Hurt.”
WNBA Commissioner Remarks
WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert10:31 AM PT
Sit-Down with Sydney Colson
Chicago Sky Guard Sydney Colson will take part in a halftime conversation with Kings Sideline Reporter & Analyst Kayte Hunter to discuss her role on the WNBA’s Social Justice Council, the league’s Say Her Name campaign and the role everyone plays in affecting progress.10:40 AM PT
Criminal Justice Reform
Chanda Smith Baker of The Minneapolis Foundation, joined by Minnesota Lynx Head Coach & General Manager Cheryl Reeve and Minnesota Timberwolves Head Coach Ryan Saunders, will lead a discussion about the policies, research, advocacy and convening necessary for long-term systemic criminal justice reform. In addition, Chanda will share what role we all can play in driving transformational change, both as individuals and as a collective.11:05 AM PT
Urban Ventures Artist Janae Hilton will perform "Breathe In The Fire" written by Janae Hilton and Mike Brooks.11:08 AM PT
Brian Payne of Central Indiana Community Foundation and Tony Mason of Indianapolis Urban League will share their insights on the importance of intentionality in focusing on diversity, equity and inclusion within cities. Dr. Katrice Albert of Third Eye Consulting Group LLC and Dr. Sean Huddleston of Martin University will then discuss Inclusive Excellence and why it’s everyone’s responsibility to reduce their bias and increase their cultural intelligence around topics of equity and inclusion.11:30 AM PT
Indiana Poet Laureate Alyssa Gaines will perform “Aguas Negra.”11:34 AM PT
Cleveland Cavaliers Vice President of Diversity, Inclusion and Engagement Kevin Clayton will host a dialogue with Danielle Sydnor of the NAACP and LaRese Purnell of CLE Consulting Firm on the challenges Black entrepreneurs face and how the team is working to lift up and partner with Black-owned businesses in surrounding communities.11:55 AM PT
Black Representation Matters
Meet Black employees who helped produce Team Up for Change and are paving the way for future generations.11:57 AM PT
Governors’ Call to Action
Leaders from the WNBA, Kings, Bucks, Timberwolves, Lynx, Pacers, Fever, Mavericks, Wings and Cavaliers address where the NBA and WNBA have been, where they are today and what’s ahead in the continued pursuit of racial equality and social justice.
WEEK OF ACTION: October 22 – 28, 2020
During the Week of Action, the nine participating teams will strive to deepen connections in their communities with events that spur dynamic conversations, interactions with youth groups, and healing.
Team Up for Change | Kings Conversations Part 1
Team Up for Change | Kings Conversations Part 2