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In honor of Black History Month, the Dallas Mavericks and BNSF Railway, in association with American Airlines, are excited to announce our 10th annual Black History Month Challenge which offers DFW Metroplex students the chance to win the field trip of a lifetime!

To commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s efforts towards Civil Rights, students are asked to submit an essay around the topic “Advancing ‘The Dream’: Taking the Next Step to Improving My Community” for a chance to win a trip to Atlanta, GA to visit the birth home of Dr. King, the King Center and other historic sites.

The contest is open to eighth through twelfth grade students within a 75 mile radius of the American Airlines Center. Five (5) winners, along with one (1) parent/legal guardian for each winner, and adult chaperones from the Dallas Mavericks will fly to Atlanta, GA on Friday, February 2, 2018 for an exciting three (3) day/two (2) night educational experience in black history.


To enter, please review the Black History Month Challenge Official Rules.

Your entry must include:
1. The Black History Month Challenge Submission Form.
2. Completed Student Information/Release and Authorization Form included in The Black History Month Challenge Submission Packet
3. An essay of 500 words or fewer answering the prompt: “Advancing ‘The Dream’: Taking the Next Step to Improving My Community”

ESSAYS DUE: Monday, January 15, 2018

All entries must be received by the Dallas Mavericks no later than 5:00 pm CT on Monday, January 15, 2018. Postmarked entries will not be accepted. Winners will be notified on or before Monday, January 22, 2018, 7:00 CT and at that time, be given specific traveling instructions and trip details.

Winners will also be invited to attend the Mavericks home game on Friday, January 26, 2018 to learn more about the upcoming trip and be recognized at halftime. All essays submitted become the property of the Dallas Mavericks and will not be returned to entrants.

About BNSF Railway

BNSF Railway is one of North America’s leading freight transportation companies. BNSF operates approximately 32,500 route miles of track in 28 states and also operates in three Canadian provinces. BNSF is one of the top transporters of consumer goods, grain and agricultural products, low-sulfur coal, and industrial goods such as petroleum, chemicals, housing materials, food and beverages. BNSF’s shipments help feed, clothe, supply, and power American homes and businesses every day. BNSF and its employees have developed one of the most technologically advanced and efficient railroads in the industry. We work continuously to improve the value of the safety, service, energy, and environmental benefits we provide to our customers and the communities we serve. You can learn more about BNSF at

About American Airlines Group

American Airlines and American Eagle offer an average of nearly 6,700 flights per day to nearly 350 destinations in more than 50 countries. American has hubs in Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, and Washington, D.C. American is a founding member of the oneworld alliance, whose members and members-elect serve nearly 1,000 destinations with 14,250 daily flights to 150 countries. Shares of American Airlines Group Inc. trade on Nasdaq under the ticker symbol AAL. In 2015, its stock joined the S&P 500 index. Connect with American on Twitter @AmericanAir and at



Black History Month Challenge 2017

In honor of Black History Month, the Dallas Mavericks and BNSF Railway, in association with American Airlines, took five winning students on the field trip of a lifetime!

Congratulations to last year’s Black History Month Challenge winners:

Siphosami D., Plano Senior High School – 11th grade
Ascension B., Harmony School of Business – 8th grade
Tierra R., Skyline High School – 9th grade
Carlynn G., Duncanville High School – 12th grade
Tashauna A., A.W. Spence Middle School – 7th grade