The Sacramento Kings developed a new pledge that will commit to combating social and racial injustice, the organization announced Tuesday.
The pledge commenced with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx announcing a partnership with the Milwaukee Bucks and Sacramento to host the third Team Up for Change summit. Sacramento and Milwaukee started the initiative in February of 2019 after the tragic death of Stephon Clark and when Milwaukee police tased and arrested player Sterling Brown over a parking violation in 2018.
Members of the Kings, Wolves, Lynx and Sacramento Area Youth Speaks came together to create a public service announcement spanning two minutes and featured prominent members of all organizations.
The Color of Our Skin Impacts How We Experience the World & How the World Experiences Us.
This is A Call to White People.
Team Up for Change.
— Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) June 9, 2020
“Being Black in America can’t be a death sentence,” Sacramento head coach Luke Walton said in the PSA.
The PSA also featured members of the Kings such as General Manager Vlade Divac, Assistant Coach Jesse Murmuys, De’Aaron Fox, Bogdan Bogdanovic, Marvin Bagley and more.
The pledge outlines several other actions the team will be taking immediately such as:
- “Investing in effective violence prevention, intervention and interruption strategies to benefit local Black youth by donating $75,000 to collaborate on a series of youth and young adult-led Kings and Queens Rise workshops, launch a virtual summer Kings and Queens Rise Co-ed Youth NBA2K League in partnership with Build.Black., and support the Black Child Legacy Campaign Youth Violence Prevention Program.
- “Fostering economic equity in Sacramento by committing to highlight and partner with small and large regional Black-owned businesses.”
- Promoting civic engagement by hosting voter registration workshops, providing employees a paid day off for election days and continuing to lead and relaunch Rally the Vote, a coalition of professional sports teams encouraging voter registration.
This announcement comes just days after many players and staff attended Sacramento’s peaceful Black Lives Matter protest on Saturday.