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Sacramento Kings seek fans’ used athletic shoes to create new court

An inside look of the progress of the Golden 1 Center being built by Turner Construction on Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2015.
An inside look of the progress of the Golden 1 Center being built by Turner Construction on Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2015. The Sacramento Bee

Sacramento Kings fans can contribute to the playing surface at the Golden 1 Center by donating their used athletic shoes.

The shoes will be recycled into a rubber grind, which will be combined with Nike Grind and incorporated into the foam layer of the new court, according to a Sacramento Kings news release.

The used athletic shoes will be collected Wednesday from former and current players, and fans. Fans can participate by taking a pair of shoes to Sleep Train Arena when the Kings take on the New Orleans Pelicans. Fans are encouraged to write a special message on the shoes before donating them.

They also can tweet a reason why their shoes should be included in the court with the hashtag #KingsCourt to @SacramentoKings and @Kings_Community. If their tweet is selected, the Kings RV will come between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Wednesday to collect their sneakers.

“Golden 1 Center will set a new standard for how we think about our environment and sustainability,” Kings President Chris Granger said in a written statement. “This program represents yet another unique opportunity to demonstrate our commitment to conservation while also engaging our fans by giving them an opportunity to be part of our court’s DNA.”

The Sacramento Kings are partnering with Connor Sports in the manufacturing of their courts. The court will include a number of recycled materials and have a connection with the Sacramento region. The first of these recycled materials will be the athletic shoes donated by Kings fans and players.

For more information, visit the Sacramento Kings website.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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