In a little-noted gesture, the Sacramento Kings have given away 20,000 preseason tickets to state workers through the California State Employees Association. The tickets were gone in one day, the team said.
"We appreciate all the wonderful people who work so hard for California and are such valuable members of our community," Kings team co-owner Gavin Maloof said in a statement e-mailed to The State Worker. "It was the team's way to say, 'Thank you' ... to furloughed state workers."
The giveaway allowed state employees to take two tickets for one of three preseason games at Arco Arena, including last Wednesday's exhibition contest against the Portland Trailblazers, the Oct. 17 game vs.the Golden State Warriors and an Oct. 23 date with the Utah Jazz.
"It was a terrific gesture, a really fine thing to do for state workers," said CSEA spokesman Danny Beagle. "We appreciate it."
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