Bucks, Kings to Play NBA’s First Ever Game at Correctional Facility
In a bit of cool NBA news, the Sacramento Kings and the Milwaukee Bucks will play the NBA’s first ever game at a correctional facility as part of the league’s Play for Justice campaign.
The news were first reported via Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated.
As part of the campaign, the Kings will host the first Play for Justice event on Thursday at a North California prison, while the Bucks host a similar event late in the month. The events will than culminate with a game, which will be held in Milwaukee on February 10th. Both NBA players and coaches will serve as honorary coaches during the events, while also facilitating discussions with those who have been incarcerated.
“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. 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,” said Vivek Ranadivé.
The goal of the campaign is to shed light on stories of redemption, while helping remove the stigma associated with those individuals with criminal pasts. The Golden State Warriors have previously held similar events at San Quentin State Prison.