The Sacramento Kings and Milwaukee Bucks will teamed up with the Represent Justice Campaign to become the first teams to play at correctional facilities in 2020.
The Kings will host the first “Play For Justice” event Thursday at an undisclosed Northern California correctional facility, the Bucks will host a prison event in Wisconsin later in December. Both teams will host an event in Milwaukee Feb. 10.
Represent Justice’s goal is to remove stigmas associated with incarcerated people.
“Sports franchises have a unique opportunity to bring about positive change, which is why in the past year, the Kings and the Bucks brought together leaders from across two cities to share best practices and find new solutions to social injustices,”
Kings owner Vivek Ranadive said. “This collaboration with Represent Justice is another example of how we can use our platforms for good.”
According to The Undefeated Marc J Spears, the goal is to “highlight stories of hope and redemption, as well as break down stigmas associated with individuals — primarily people of color and the poor — impacted by the criminal justice system.”
The Golden State Warriors have regularly visited California’s San Quentin prison since 2012, with general manager Bob Myers often playing in basketball games with inmates.