The Sacramento Kings and the Milwaukee Bucks may be fierce competitors on the court, but off the court, the two NBA teams are teaming up in the name of social justice.

On Wednesday, the Kings announced they would host a daylong convention with the Bucks to draw attention to the inequalities that face marginalized communities.

Aptly titled "Team Up for Change," the event will be held on Wednesday, February 27 at 9:00 a.m. at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California. Fresh off his Super Bowl LIII halftime performance on February 3, rapper Big Boi will serve as keynote speaker during the day and will grace the stage during intermission when both teams battle on the court later that evening. The goal of the summit is to "unite, inspire and activate community leaders, law enforcement and youth advocates from Sacramento and Milwaukee by highlighting local and national perspectives from innovators and trusted experts who are advocates for social justice and equality."

Kings Owner and Chairman Vivek Ranadivé acknowledged the event's social potential in Wednesday's release and highlighted the ongoing responsibilities both clubs have to make a difference in their communities.

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"We believe it is our responsibility to use our platform to make the world a better place starting right here with our communities. Basketball has the power to bring people together by bridging racial, gender and economic divides. Through the 'Team Up for Change' effort we are committed to continuing to work with the community to support and encourage collective action for change."

Bucks co-owner Marc Lasry echoed Ranadivé's remarks and mentioned he looks forward to discussing and finding resolutions to everyday taboo issues.

"We're proud to work with the Kings to bring both our communities together to identify creative solutions to the challenging issues we face," Lasry stated. "Our two organizations are dedicated to sparking real action through candid and open discussions and the 'Team Up for Change' initiative will make an important impact as we strive to make a difference."

The NBA has long been a leading force in bringing awareness to issues that plague the Black community, and it makes no apologies for supporting teams who share similar sentiments. A 2017 piece from NBC News detailed the extent to which other franchises across the association have addressed the growing concern of police brutality and racial discrimination. From mentoring programs to activism panels in communities across the country, there have been multiple initiatives intended to encourage lawmakers to listen to the concerns of Black citizens and adopt policies that will facilitate racial equality. 

Team Up for Change is a co-sponsored event with NBA Voices, the association's foundation that focuses on ending oppression while championing inclusion and building unlikely partnerships in diverse neighborhoods across the nation. 

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