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Luke Walton, Kings take part in NBA’s ‘Play for Justice’ initiative at Folsom Prison

Sacramento Kings head coach Luke Walton recently led a contingent of team players and coaches on a visit to Folsom State Prison as part of the NBA’s “Play for Justice” initiative.

Not only did the Kings visit with incarcerated inmates, Walton also played in an hour-long pickup game between two teams of inmates coached by Kings players.

The official Twitter account of the Office of the Governor of California highlighted an NBA.com report on the league’s outreach efforts.

The “Play for Justice” initiative is a collaborative effort involving the league, the REPRESENT JUSTICE Campaign, One Community and the Anti-Recidivism Coalition (ARC). It seeks to “advance the goals of uplifting narratives of hope and redemption to break down stigmas associated with individuals – disproportionately people of color and the poor – who are impacted by the criminal justice system,” as relayed in the NBA.com article.

“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,” said Vivek Ranadivé, Chairman, CEO and Governor of the Sacramento Kings. “Sports franchises have a unique opportunity to bring about positive change.”

The REPRESENT JUSTICE Campaign also spotlighted the Kings’ visit to the prison in a social media dispatch.

The next “Play for Justice” event, featuring the Milwaukee Bucks, will be held later this month. It will be of the same nature as the one the Kings held this week. Further events involving both NBA and WNBA teams will be announced in 2020.