Following their joint “Team Up For Change” social awareness summit earlier this season, the Milwaukee Bucks and Sacramento Kings will feature in basketball games at correctional facilities, as first reported by Marc J. Spears for The Undefeated.
Per The Undefeated, the event is set to take place in February and the game-worn clothing by the players will be given to the inmates as part of the campaign to diminish the stigmas attached to incarcerated individuals.
A notable participate in the upcoming event who was present during the teams’ summit is the Bucks’ Sterling Brown. Brown was the subject of an excessive force controversy when the Milwaukee police used a stun gun on him during his rookie season, resulting in a lawsuit aimed at the city’s police department. Brown gave the following statement following the announcement of the event:
“My teammates, coaches and I are honored to take part in this unique criminal justice initiative to hear the stories of our community members and the challenges they face on a daily basis. We are looking forward to sharing in this experience with them while also identifying how we can further this important conversation nationwide through basketball.”
According to the reporting by The Undefeated, similar events regarding other NBA teams are expected to be announced in the future, as the NBA uses its multimedia platforms and widespread reach to aid in social justice initiatives.