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Kings and Kaiser Permanente Present Domantas Sabonis with Community Crossover Award

Apr 13, 2023 12:00AM ● By Sacramento Kings News Release

On Friday, April 7, 2023, Sacramento Kings player Domantas Sabonis was recognized with this year's Community Crossover Award presented by Kaiser Permanente. Photo courtesy of Sacramento Kings

SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - On Friday, April 7, 2023, the Sacramento Kings recognized center Domantas Sabonis with the 2023 Community Crossover Award presented by Kaiser Permanente. The award, formerly known as the Oscar Robertson Triple Double Award, is given to a Kings player each year who excels both on and off the court while also making significant contributions to the community.

“I am honored to be the recipient of this year’s Community Crossover Award,” said Sacramento Kings center Domantas Sabonis. “My family and I love Sacramento and this community and it means a great deal to us to be able to give back and support, especially our youth.”

This season, Sabonis and his wife, Shashana, launched the Sabonis Squad, adopting Caroline Wenzel Elementary school and providing support and supplies. As part of the Sacramento Kings 21st Annual Season of Doing Good presented by Raley’s, the Sabonis’ surprised students from the elementary after-school program and provided food courtesy of Dos Coyotes, coats courtesy of Old Navy and books to read over the holiday break. Students who finished their book were given a chance to win Kings swag and game tickets. In addition, the Sabonis family has provided PE equipment to the school.

To show his appreciation to the Sacramento community and Kings fans, Sabonis surprised individuals at a local barber shop (The 916 Cuts) and a community park (Franklin D. Roosevelt Park) with tickets to a Kings game.

In addition, Sabonis has excelled as a leader on the court, averaging 19.2 points and team-highs of 12.4 rebounds and 7.3 assists per game. Along with leading the Kings, Sabonis is the NBA’s league-leader in rebounding, total rebounds (964) and double-doubles (65) while ranking second in triple-doubles (14) and fifth in total assists (568). He has helped guide Sacramento to a postseason berth with a 12.5 win shares rating and 9.5 offensive win shares rating, which both rank second in the NBA.

Sabonis will be presented the award by Sacramento Kings Chief Operating Officer Matina Kolokotronis and General Manager Monte McNair tonight before the Kings take on the Golden State Warriors at Golden 1 Center.

Inaugurated in 2003, prior award winners include some of the most recognizable figures in Kings team history, such as Chris Webber (2003), Vlade Divac (2004), Peja Stojakovic (2005), De’Aaron Fox (2019) in addition to back-to-back honors for Corliss Williamson (2006 and 2007), Garrett Temple (2017 and 2018) and Harrison Barnes (2021 and 2022).

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