Kings give community assist with charity programs

USA TODAY Sports

Charity, basketball, community. Good times.

As the 2013-14 season begins, the Kings are ramping up their charitable activities.

According to a Kings representative, the team has raised more than $100,000 for ten local charities through season ticket sales as part of the "SacramenTENs Assist" campaign.

The team raised the money by using 10 percent of all season tickets sold from Aug. 5 through Oct. 10 (the Kings lead the NBA in new season tickets sold) to benefit the following charities: Sacramento Reads, B Street Theatre, Sleep Train Foster Kids Program, Make-A-Wish Foundation (Northeastern California and Northern Nevada chapter), Sacramento Food Bank, Shriners Hospitals for Children (Sacramento chapter), Sacramento Zoo, Big Brothers Big Sisters (Greater Sacramento chapter), American Heart Association (Sacramento affiliate), and the Sacramento Kings Foundation.

The campaign is part of the Sacramento Kings Foundation's efforts to raise revenue and awareness for community nonprofit institutions.

"The Kings organization cares deeply about this community, and we are thrilled to celebrate the extraordinary charitable work that takes place in Sacramento on a daily basis," said Kings President Chris Granger in a team statement.

In addition to the "SacramenTENS Assist" campaign, the Kings and its Foundation will host the Rhythm 'N Rims charity event on Sunday to benefit local nonprofits. At the free event, which will be held at the State Capitol and Capitol Mall in downtown Sacramento, the Kings will hold a full-team exhibition game at noon in a temporary arena built specifically for Rhythm 'N Rims.

Here are some shots of the court being set up. As you can see, it is going to make for quite the view and probably a nice little sample of what having a downtown arena may feel like.

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The event will begin with a 5K walk benefitting 15 local nonprofits at 9 a.m. Current Kings players will participate in the walk. Corliss Williamson, Doug Christie, Henry Turner, Kenny Thomas, Scot Pollard and former Sacramento Monarch Ruthie Bolton will sign autographs for fans.

You aren't going to want to miss this! If you're going, let us know in the comments and post some photos on our Facebook page.

For more details, check out rhythmnrims.org.

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