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SACRAMENTO – The Sacramento Kings have announced that they will donate up to $100,000 from new season ticket deposits to four organizations that support reading and literacy initiatives in the Sacramento region.

The Sacramento Public Library is pleased to be one of these recipients. The up to $25,000 from the Kings will be used to help fund the 1,600 reading programs the library provides each year, serving 65,000 area children.

For a limited time, any $200 deposit paid for a season ticket reservation at the newly
approved downtown arena will be given to the library or one of three other great local organizations that support children’s literacy: United Way’s STAR Readersproject; The Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE)’s Preschool Bridging Model Plus; or Sacramento READS!, a ten-year initiative which seeks to improve literacy among 8-to 10-year-olds.

“The Sacramento Kings continue to demonstrate their strong commitment to our community,” said Rivkah K. Sass, director of the Sacramento Public Library system. “This donation will help ensure our children are at appropriate reading level by the end of the third grade, the critical age when students transition from learning to read to reading to learn. Those who do not meet this critical milestone may face serious, lifelong disadvantages, especially when it comes to academic excellence and career options.”

“I commend the Kings for stepping up to help provide those resources,” said Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson. “It is going to take a continued effort from the Kings and the broader community to help make the improvements we all want to see for our kids.”