Sacremento Honors Sikhs in Basketball Game

The Sacramento Mayor's office will officially announce next week as Sikh Awareness Week during the second annual Si...

The city of Sacremento California starts a new holiday to honor Sikhs, the basketball team Kings dedicate game to Sikhs and they also signed a Sikh basketball player on to their team. 

Editor's Note: We just received news today that Simran Bhullar was signed on to play with the Kings. He is the first player of Indian descent to play in the NBA. His first game will be tomorrow, Friday the third, the same day the team will play for "Kaurs, Singhs and Kings". 


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April 1, 2015


The Sacramento Mayor's office will officially announce next week as Sikh Awareness Week during the second annual Sikh Appreciation Night at Friday's Sacramento Kings game.


Sacramento, CA - From April 3 to April 8, the city of Sacramento will officially recognize this week as Sikh American Awareness and Appreciation Week - urging all citizens to join Mayor Kevin Johnson in acknowledging the Sikhs of Sacramento for their continued efforts on behalf of the community and its residents.

A proclamation will be read by Vice Mayor Allen Warren to commence this observance during the second annual Sacramento Kings Sikh Appreciation Night, a.k.a "Kaurs, Singhs and Kings," as the team plays the New Orleans Pelicans. This effort has been coordinated by the City of Sacramento, Kings' Owners Vivek Ranadive and Raj Bhatal, K3 International and the National Sikh Campaign.

Here are the details to the event:

What: Proclamation of Sikh American Awareness and Appreciation Week & Sacramento Kings' Second Annual "Kaurs, Singhs and Kings" Sikh Appreciation Night
Who: Vice Mayor Allen Warren, City of Sacramento
Vivek Ranadive, Sacramento Kings, Owner
Raj Bhatal, Sacramento Kings, Owner
Inderjit Singh Kallirai, K3 International, Founder
Dr. Jasbir Singh Kang, National Sikh Campaign
Jay Alan, National Sikh Campaign
When: Friday, April 3, 6:45pm PT
Where: Sleep Train Arena
1 Sports Pkwy, Sacramento, CA 95834
Why: To celebrate the Sikh American community in Sacramento and around the world. There are almost 50,000 Sikhs in Sacramento, including Yolo, Placer, El Dorado and Sacramento counties? Sikhism is the fifth largest religion in the world, with over 500,000 here in America - with almost 250,000 in California alone. Moreover, this is an opportunity to showcase the shared values Sikhism has with the United States, including their commitment to gender, racial, and religious equality. It will also create awareness around the Sikh identity, particularly the Sikh turban and its meaning within the faith. The proclamation also reaffirms the City of Sacramento's commitment to diversity and inclusiveness.

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About National Sikh Campaign

The National Sikh Campaign is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is helping to build the image of Sikhism in America and highlight the impact Sikh Americans have made in the United States. The aim of this campaign is to create an environment of mutual acceptance in which Sikhs don't have to hide their articles of faith and lay the foundation for more Sikh Americans to become leaders in the United States.


Learn more here:

Sikh Values are American Values - National Sikh Campaign Introduction

Published on Oct 21, 2014

Gurwin Singh Ahuja, Executive Director of the National Sikh Campaign explains how he and his team plans to help build the Sikh image in America.

We are working with AKPD and Hart Research to find out the best way to communicate who we are as Sikhs to the rest of America.

In just a few weeks, we will be releasing a major report that outlines what facts, images and stories we need to convey as a community. We will finally address the misperception issues Sikhs face.

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Shawn S. Ghuman
National Sikh Campaign
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