Exterior photo of the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California.

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Autism is a mental health disorder that is unfortunately on the rise all over the United States. The Sacramento Kings have made an initiative to provide an escape for fans with autism spectrum disorder and other disorders. The Sacramento Kings organization have added a sensory room on the main level of the Golden 1 Center and will offer kits that provide comfort to fans that may become overstimulated by the noise at Kings games.

The initiative was made in partnership with  KultureCity, a non-profit that works with individuals with special needs. The sensory room will feature special furniture, texturized walls and soothing sounds. For sensitive guests that wish to watch the game without visiting the sensory room, the Golden 1 Center will offer weighted lap pads, verbal cue cards, noise-canceling headphones and fidget tools. These kits will be available for fan use by visiting the guest services stations outside of sections 109 and 207.

The Sacramento Kings also went a step further and trained their employees on how to handle guests with sensory related issues. The Sacramento Kings currently host an annual autism awareness game and this year's event was for last week's home game vs. the Boston Celtics. Other local organizations were also involved with the annual game. Proceeds from the game's 50/50 raffle were donated to Odyssey Learning Center, a non-profit for children with autism. A teen from Epic Revolution served as an honorary "ball kid" during the game. Members of the Sacramento Autistic Spectrum and Special Needs Alliance stood with Sacramento Kings players during the singing of the national anthem. 


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