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:
“On behalf of the entire Kings family, our hearts are with all who have been affected by this pandemic. California always leads the nation and the world, and we applaud Governor Newsom’s strong and decisive leadership to keep Californians healthy and safe during this crisis. His deft guidance and preparation serve as a shining example for leaders across America. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to all the medical professionals and frontline workers risking their lives every day and making tremendous sacrifices to protect us and provide essential services. Our deepest thanks go out to all of the local public health experts and elected officials, including Mayor Steinberg and Councilmember Ashby, working to safeguard the community during this unprecedented time.
“Our community has always come first, and that is more important now than ever. The Kings are proud to help by providing additional space to accommodate a predicted surge in patients. We are also donating masks to help keep people healthy, and critical resources to area organizations that are addressing food insecurity and other issues as a result of the coronavirus. I have always been in awe of the resilience and ingenuity of the American people and firmly believe that together, we will defeat this invisible enemy.”
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.