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Tis the season to reflect on all the awesome things local athletes and teams have done for the community in 2018.

We've seen shopping sprees, art classes, prison visits, grocery deliveries and much, much more. So let’s do a quick recap.

  • Elk Grove native and 49ers defensive star Arik Armstead was in the spirit of giving all year round delivering presents to the UC Davis Children’s Hospital and hosting several events for local kids throughout the summer.
  • From Sacramento Ninja arm wrestling UFC hall of famer Urijah Faber to honorary Kings dancer Yani stealing the show at the Golden One Center — Sacramento sports stars and Make-A-Wish have helped sick kids live out their dreams.
  • The Kings helped the community heal  with youth forums, workshops and basketball tournaments with players like former King Garrett Temple adopting Sac High and mentoring local kids.
  • Of course there were the youth camps. We saw a ton of those hosted by Kings players and NFL stars from our area inspiring the athletes of tomorrow.
  • Sacramento Republic FC showed their support for local refugees and used soccer to rehabilitate inmates at Folsom State Prison.

Plus, we saw several local athletes using their platforms for political change in their communities.

It's been an incredible year of giving back, but we're not quite done yet. Here's to sports continuing to bring community together in 2019.

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