Sacramento Kings 12 Days of Giving Big
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - This past week, the Sacramento Kings players and staff wrapped up the biggest holiday giving effort in team history with its "12 Days of Giving Big" community outreach program.
As part of the NBA Cares(r) Season of Giving, the entire Kings organization participated including owners, executives, coaches, season ticket holders and 12 players on the team's roster. The team's newest members - Rudy Gay, Aaron Gray, and Quincy Acy - volunteered at various events just one day after their first game with the team.
"That's what I love most about this Kings family - everybody is willing to put the community and our fans first," said Kings Center DeMarcus Cousins, who took 110 local children on his annual Christmas shopping spree and spent time with families at the Kaiser Permanente Children's Center. "It's a small thing we can do to make a big difference for these families and we are blessed to be able to do it."
Over the course of the "12 Days of Giving Big," the organization helped more than 6,000 underserved individuals in 12 neighborhoods in the Sacramento region from 45 organizations. More than 70 Kings staffers and 50 season ticket holders volunteered over 1,000 hours at local events including a toy drive for foster kids, food box distributions, and a breakfast with Santa. Including this effort, the Kings have already contributed more than $1 million to the Sacramento community this year.
"This is what NBA 3.0 is all about - it's bigger than basketball," said Kings president Chris Granger. "It's making our fans and our community a part of our family, and especially around the holidays, there's nothing more important than family."
For a complete list of the Kings "12 Days of Giving Big" events, visit www.nba.com/kings/12days.