Kings to Honor Local African-American Community Leaders with Dream All-Star Awards
17th Annual Black History Month Celebration Tips Off on Feb. 3 against Phoenix
Sacramento, Calif. – The Sacramento Kings will honor the contributions of many African-American leaders in the community and throughout history during the team’s month-long celebration. With nine February home games, the team will continue to celebrate diversity with special Dream All-Star community awards, community group performances, and educational opportunities for fans to learn more about contributions to society.
“We’re proud to welcome Kings fans to the first Black History Month celebration at Golden 1 Center and privileged to recognize and honor the many contributions of African-American leaders throughout the Sacramento community with this year’s Dream All-star Awards, said Kings President, Chis Granger.
The Kings Foundation Dream All-star awards will recognize local influential African-American community leaders for their achievements, accomplishments, and efforts to make positive impacts throughout the region during each of the nine home games throughout the month. On February 3, the Kings will honor this year’s first Dream All-star recipient, Khalil Fuller.
Fuller is an entrepreneur with a passion for driving positive change in education. His organization, Learn Fresh, makes math fun for kids and keeps them engaged in school. They have reached over 45,000 students nationwide through their NBA Math Hoops program.
Collis Temple, father of Kings Guard Garett Temple, will also join the team for a special ceremony. Collis made history at Louisiana State University when he stepped on the hardwood as the university’s first African-American team member. His son Garrett proudly followed in his footsteps.
In addition to the presentation of the Dream All-star Awards, each home game throughout the month will contain special in-game programming, tributes, and remembrance of influential activists, leaders, and athletes throughout the Black community. Hip hop pioneers, The Sugarhill Gang will launch several unique halftime performances throughout the month. A few eyewitnesses to history – including Jessie Owens’ granddaughter, Gina Hemphill-Strachan – will join the team to share their first-hand personal stories of triumph and change.
A special art exhibit will call Golden 1 Center home for the month. The Crocker Art Museum and Sojourner Truth Multicultural Arts Center will curate a mini-museum displaying artwork, artifacts, and photos from influential local and national figures. Fans are welcomed to visit the selection on the Plaza Level at Section 111.
Fans will also be able to impact local organizations that support local African-American initiatives directly by purchasing 50/50 raffle tickets at select games throughout the month of February. Volunteers from various non-profits will join the Kings to wear green bibs and sell raffle tickets at each game.
For more information about the Kings Black History Month celebration, including upcoming entertainment, award recipients, and historical tributes, visitKings.com.