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Bucks, Kings, Timberwolves team up to fight racism, social injustice

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The Milwaukee Bucks, Sacramento Kings and Minnesota Timberwolves will put on-court differences aside as the three NBA franchises announced “Team Up for Change,” an existing organization to raise social awareness by players and teams and use their platform for community good.

The Kings and Bucks founded Team Up for Change, with the Timberwolves and WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx joining the NBA franchises in the venture.

“By partnering with the Kings and Bucks for Team Up for Change, we are committed to using our shared resources to inspire action,” Wolves and Lynx CEO Ethan Casson said in a press release, via USA Today’s Mark Medina. “We will work together to promote inclusion and empower our communities to be a voice of meaningful change.”

The joint venture between the Bucks, Kings and Timberwolves hits close to home for Minnesota, as the city of Minneapolis (along with the country) is still reeling from the disturbing death of George Floyd while in police custody.

Floyd’s death, which was videotaped and circulated on the web, sparked several demonstrations across the U.S. in every major city and state. The Timberwolves’ home base of Minneapolis is the epicenter for protests demanding justice for Floyd and other countless victims of police brutality.

The Timberwolves also established the Minneapolis Foundation earlier this month, stating it includes “civic leadership duties with [head coach] Ryan Saunders and [Lynx head coach] Cheryl Reeve to serve as leaders on advisory committees” overseeing a community fund for criminal justice reform. Casson previously announced Election Day 2020 as a day off for the entire staff to vote.

Team Up for Change came about in 2018 for the Bucks and Kings after both NBA franchises experienced racism and social injustices in their respective communities, particularly the tragic death of an unarmed African-American man Stephon Clark and the encounter of Milwaukee swingman Sterling Brown with law enforcement that turned violent.