SACRAMENTO- As part of the Sacramento Kings' "12 Days of Giving Big," Center Hamady Ndiaye was "shakin' all about" with close to 80 senior citizens Thursday.
"They were even getting up and dancing with us!" Ndaiye said. "It's an amazing feeling, it doesn't matter what age you are, I'm so happy to be here having fun with them."
Ndiaye, Slamson, members of the dance team and Kings' host Scott Freshour visited with seniors Thursday afternoon at the Albert Einstein Residence Center on Wright Street.
The seniors were enthused to have a Sacramento King visit.
"For a lot of old people to enjoy this, it's wonderful,"one resident said.
After handing out gift bags and talking to several of the residents, Ndiaye exercised with the group, starting with the hokey pokey.
"I learned to do the hokey pokey, if that's what you call it!"Ndaiye said.
The native of Senegalthen admitted the seniors were much better than him.
Thursday was the third day of the Kings' "12 Days of Giving Big," a community outreach program focusing on charitable giving in the Sacramento region.
Since Vivek Ranadive and the rest of the ownership group took control of the Kings this summer, the team has contributed $1 million to the Sacramento community.
"By our first anniversary, we will have contributed $2 million and our team members both on and off the court will have donated more than 1,000 hours of time to help the Sacramento community," Kings President Chris Granger said.
"Our community has given so much to us," Granger added. "The Kings literally would not be here without them. These 12 days are focused on giving back to our fans to help them have brighter holiday seasons."
By Nick Monacelli, firstname.lastname@example.org