Golden State fans meet the Mormons at 'LDS Family and Friends Night'

by | Mar. 05, 2011

Saints & Sports

Fans at a January NBA game between the Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings saw more than a riveting overtime contest. They also learned about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Close to 1,200 Latter-day Saints were among the 18,000 fans present at the Jan. 21, 2011, contest. Church members were there to participate in the Warriors-sponsored "LDS Family and Friends Night."

As the large crowd in the Oakland Coliseum waited for tip-off, Elder Robert N. Packer, an Area Seventy for Northern California, and Tom Holmoe, BYU's athletic director, presented Warriors head coach Keith Smart with his framed family tree and a binder filled with supporting family history documents. During this presentation, the announcer read a 30-second public service announcement about the importance of families and the Oakland Family History Center located on temple grounds in the area.

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