In their latest effort to help their community combat the coronavirus pandemic, the Sacramento Kings announced that they’re going to donate $250,000 to support local organizations provide essential services, such as food and essential supplies, to families and individual members of their community. In addition, the team is making a donation of 100,000 medical masks to state and local health agencies.
Here is the official statement from Kings chairman, CEO and owner Vivek Ranadivé:
This announcement from the Kings comes right on the heels of the donation the team made last month, when they partnered with Legends Hospitality to donate thousands of pounds of food — both prepared and perishable — to the Sacramento Food Bank and the Sacramento County Office of Education. For all the wrong the team has done on the basketball court in recent years, the way they’ve responded to this pandemic has been commendable.
Lastly, California governor Gavin Newsom officially announced that the Sleep Train Arena — the arena they called home for 28 years — will be converted to a surge field hospital. The Army Corps of Engineers’ Chief Army Lt. Gen. Todd T. Semonite first revealed the plans for the old Arco Arena on Sunday, but nothing was made official by the California Department of Public Health until Friday. Because the Kings still own the building they moved out of in 2016, they were involved in the decision-making process.
For more on what the Kings are doing to help their community during this trying time, you can read the full press release here, or you can visit visit kings.com/together.