The Milwaukee Bucks and the Sacramento Kings will be the first NBA teams to participate in basketball games at correctional facilities organized by the ‘Represent Justice’ campaign, as first reported by SI.com.
In those games, the players will serve as honorary captains along with former NBA players, coaches, and confined individuals at those facilities. Those games will be followed with conversations between the players, coaches, and those individuals.
Vivek Ranadivé, chairman, CEO and governor of the Kings, told a source that both organizations are excited for the collaboration for the campaign.
“We’re proud to be the first participant in the Play for Justice initiative, which is shining a bright light on the unique issues facing incarcerated people in communities around the country,” Ranadivé said. “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. This collaboration with Represent Justice is another example of how we can use our platforms for good.”
Sacramento will play at a renovated court Thursday night at an undisclosed Northern California correctional facility, and the Bucks will host an event later this month. Both teams will next February in Milwaukee.
A few other NBA and WNBA teams are also expected to take part in the campaign as well. Those teams will be announced later this month and the beginning of 2020.