NBA team puts on 'LDS Family Night'

In an effort to increase attendance, the National Basketball Association's Golden State Warriors wanted to know how they could draw Latter-day Saint families and their friends to a game. Some Church leaders wanted to know how a gathering at a sports arena could benefit the Church. Both groups knew that it had to be about more than just basketball. It turned out to be an evening for families on Friday, Feb. 19.

Full-time missionaries sang the National Anthem. Retired Warriors player and coach Alvin "Al" Attles received a framed copy of his family tree from the Church. LDS boys played in a scrimmage at halftime. Church member Thurl Bailey, a former Utah Jazz player, spoke after the game. And 14 individual stakes and wards were recognized on the Jumbotron under the title "LDS Family Night," organized by the Church's Oakland/San Francisco Public Affairs Council.

The council also presented a fireside the next night with Brother Bailey as the featured speaker.

The evening was a big success for the NBA team. John Beaven, the Warriors' director of group sales said, "The response we received was tremendous. The LDS group was 3,000 strong, easily our largest group night of the season."

Church members were abuzz with excitement from the moment they set foot in the arena for the game.

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