Over The Last Two Years, The ‘Rally The Vote’ Coalition Increased From 9 Pro Teams To 20!

By: Tom Witt – @tomtoowittySacTown Crown – August 13th, 2020

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The Sacramento Kings started the ‘Rally The Vote’ campaign in 2018 to encourage fans to vote.

The coalition started off with nine professional sports franchises involved. It has since grown to twenty professional sports franchises!

According to SacTown Royalty, The Kings will also be partnering with When We All Vote. Who will be creating a customized voter registration portal. Similarly, RISE will offer voter registration workshops.

Kings Owner Vivek Ranadive Says Voting Should ‘Be as easy as getting an Uber’

Kings owner Vivek Ranadive often uses his platform to create positive action.

For example, Randive has been outspoken and taken action on many social causes he believes in.

“”Let’s make voting as easy as ordering an Uber,” Ranadive told ESPN in a phone interview this week. “And now we’ve fully entered the digital era, where the world’s largest book seller has no bookstores and the world’s largest taxi company has no cars, and so on. But we’re still in the agricultural era in terms of how we vote. So it’s time to bring it up to speed.”

ESPN – Dave McMenamin

Get Out And VOTE!

The mission is to get as many people out to vote as possible!

The Sacramento Kings announced that their employees get a paid day off for all election days.

The Kings are one of four NBA franchises to open up the door to their arena for voters. Along with the catalyst Atlanta Hawksthe Detroit Pistons, and the Milwaukee Bucks.

“I would say that we’re going to reach tens of millions of people collectively,” Ranadive said. “So I think again it’s just getting people to understand — just eliminating the friction — so they can do this easily and then making them aware.”

ESPN – Dave McMenamin

Setting An Example For Others To Follow

“We started this, as you know, a couple years ago, and when I bought the Kings, I laid out a mission statement for the Kings, and the mission was to build a winning franchise that enhances the lives of those it touches and leaves the world a better place,” Ranadive said.

ESPN – Dave McMenamin

The Kings franchise and Ranadive have often been lambasted for how the basketball side of the Kings operates.

Regardless, Ranadive has shown time and time again he ‘puts his money where his mouth is’. Especially when it comes to issues of social justice, change and leadership!

GO KINGS!

– TOM WITT – ‘SPIKEBALLTOM’

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References

  1. Kings Owner Vivek Randive Thinks Voting Should Be as Easy as ‘Ordering an Uber’, Dave McMenamin, https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/29645880/kings-vivek-ranadive-thinks-voting-easy-ordering-uber
  2. The Kings are going even further with “Rally the Vote”, SacTown Royalty, https://www.sactownroyalty.com/2020/8/12/21365600/sacramento-kings-news-rally-the-vote-professional-sports-teams-coalition
  3. The Kings will turn Golden 1 Center into a polling place for the November election, SacTown Royalty, https://www.sactownroyalty.com/2020/7/17/21328857/sacramento-kings-news-golden-1-center-vote-center-registration-ballots
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Tom Witt
My name is Tom and I am a 30 year old dude who loves sports, and the Sacramento Kings. I have a lifelong love for the sport of basketball which was instilled by my grandpa Ernie at a young age. He would me to the local hoop court at the park, teaching me to "keep my hand in the cookie jar", that "it's all in the wrist" when shooting, and that you can learn more from a loss than a win. Grandpa Ernie grew up playing on the dirt courts of Berkeley, CA and played basketball at University of San Francisco in the 1930s, before Bill Russell. My first live basketball game was a Cal Bears game in the Cow Palace with my grandpa, watching NFL Hall of Famer Tony Gonzales and my favorite, point guard Randy Duck! I grew up as a young kid falling in love with the NBA by watching Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Toni Kukoc and the Chicago Bulls on the national WGN Chicago television station. But when I received a Kings Kids Club flyer in the mail in 1998 it was game over, GO KINGS! I started off watching Lawerence Funderburke and Corliss Williamson, as they slowly built the pieces that got them to the "Greatest Show on the Court" with J-Will, C-Webb, Peja, Vlade, Christie and the 6th man! My favorite Kings player growing up was Gerald Wallace, I would always watch to the end of games just to see if my favorite high-flyer would get into the game for even a minute or two! We made it through the Donaghy travesty, the Maloof monstrosity, "Here WE Stay", and we are climbing our way back to the top! "If you don't like that you don't like KINGS basketball!" GO KINGS!
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