SACRAMENTO, CALIF., – Tens of thousands of underprivileged Sacramento-area youth have attended Kings games since the “Kings for the Community” program was inaugurated in 2007, and the team recently announced that a significant contribution by eight current players will afford more children the opportunity to witness Kings basketball this season.
Local youth groups will enjoy the NBA experience thanks to sizeable ticket donations made by many of the Kings most recognizable players, who combined to purchase 122 season tickets-equating to 5,002 total tickets for charitable distribution during the 2012-13 campaign. Each player is represented by identifiable banners in their own section at Sleep Train Arena, including:
Jason Thompson (JT’s Block Party) Tyreke Evans (Reke Havoc Zone)
DeMarcus Cousins (Boogie’s Bunch) Marcus Thornton (MT23’s Sharp Shooters)
Isaiah Thomas (The IT Department) James Johnson (JJ’s Crew)
Travis Outlaw (Trav’s Outlaws) Jimmer Fredette (Jimmer Mania)
“I’ve been welcomed with open arms since the day I arrived in Sacramento,” said Kings forward James Johnson. “This is a chance for me and my teammates to create lasting memories for our young fans this season.”
“We’re blessed with some of the most loyal fans in the NBA,” added veteran Kings forward Jason Thompson. “I’m thrilled for the opportunity to participate in a program that allows us to give the gift of basketball.”
Introduced prior to the 2007-08 season, the “Kings for the Community” program was developed by Kings players and personnel as a way to ensure children without the financial means could attend Kings games and enjoy professional basketball in person.
Youth groups or charitable organizations looking to participate in the program are encouraged to contact the Kings via the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.