Kings announce community events for Team Up for Change

The Sacramento Kings announced Wednesday that the fourth edition of the team’s social justice initiative, Team Up for Change, will include 10 NBA franchises during National Action Week, which kicks off Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 17.

Ten NBA teams and several WNBA franchises will participate. The initiative includes an event called The Huddle, which will feature an intimate conversation between a youngster and a professional player or coach. The Huddle will be shared on the teams’ social networks.

Participating teams are the Utah Jazz, Orlando Magic, LA Clippers, San Antonio Spurs, Kings, Milwaukee Bucks, Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx, Indiana Pacers and Fever, Dallas Mavericks and Wings, and Cleveland Cavaliers.

“I am truly proud of our collective efforts and continued commitment to uplifting our young black leaders and investing in transformative and lasting change,” Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Ranadivé said in a press release. “Through Team Up for Change, we strive to provide the support and create an on-ramp for all young people to succeed, empowering young people to be in control of their own narrative.”

Huddle Conversations will focus on young people’s visions and desires for achieving social and racial equity. Ranadivé launched the initiative in 2019 after the controversial 2018 murder of Stephon Clark in Sacramento. The Bucks co-sponsored the first event.

Some of the professional basketball teams will host community events to bring together youth, advocates and leaders to discuss local issues. There will be other events focused on healing, mentoring, career exploration, leadership training and economic mobility.

In a press release, the Kings said the goal of Team Up for Change is to shine a spotlight on movement builders and experts while uplifting young people, with a focus on the intersection of sport communities, racial and equitable.

This story was originally published January 5, 2022 8:00 a.m.

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