I noticed this in the Bee this morning:
However, district leaders say they will offer sports and clubs in any case, thanks to a new partnership with the Sacramento River Cats.
The partnership between Sacramento City Unified and the River Cats will officially launch today with an on-field, pregame ceremony at Raley Field prior to the River Cats game against the Salt Lake Bees at 12:05 p.m.
The Triple-A baseball team will offer a summer-long fundraising effort, which will include some form of ticket revenue promotion.
River Cats President Alan Ledford said the organization will ask its corporate partners for assistance.
Ledford said it's too early to know how much money will be raised for the school district. Most of the details have yet to be ironed out.
Sacramento City Unified spokesman Gabe Ross, a former River Cats spokesman, said the district needed to get the word out early so families did not transfer out of district schools.
"That's why we are announcing this before having all the details," Ross said.
The reinstatement of athletics and extracurricular activities is pending school board approval Thursday. Ross said the River Cats fundraising partnership gives school officials a backup plan if current financial projections don't pan out.
"The best-case scenario is the May revise does indeed provide us with flat funding and in that case this money will supplement and enhance programs," Ross said. "If it doesn't, it allows us to bridge the gap."
If a minor league team can afford to do something like this, why don't the Kings try something similar. God knows Sac's schools need all the help they can get, and surely an NBA franchise would be able to do more than a minor league baseball team. It would certainly do wonders for the perception of the Kings in the general community, and maybe be a catalyst for the arena plan, since an arena would keep the Kings and their aid around.
Of course, with the Scrooges as owners...
Just a thought.