Willie Cauley-Stein has only played 13 games for the Dallas Mavericks since they acquired him in a trade with Sacramento last January. But that hasn’t stopped the sixth-year center from already making an impact in the Dallas/Fort Worth community.
On Sunday, Cauley-Stein took advantage of the Mavs’ off day to help organize a care package that was given to 500 frontline workers at Baylor Scott & White. The care package included Mavs drawstring bags of sports drinks, snacks and Mavs T-shirts.
“I loved being able to donate 500 Mavericks care bags to frontline workers and just show them my appreciation for everything they are doing day in and day out to keep our community safe and healthy,” Cauley-Stein said. “I really wanted to take the time to give back to the city of Dallas and the frontline workers who are working diligently to contain COVID-19.”
Adie von Gontard, who is Cauley-Stein’s agent and also the co-founder of Young Money APAA Sports, was not surprised by the generosity of his client, especially in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
“In a year of so much uncertainty due to COVID, it was such a testament to Willie’s kindness and character to organize a care package to 500 frontline workers at Baylor Scott & White,” von Gontard said. “Giving back to the community and the people that are working diligently to contain this disease is what holidays are all about and I am proud of Willie and the Mavericks to take the time and resources to give back to these courageous people.”
Cauley-Stein was met with a huge applause once he entered Baylor Scott & White, and he was obviously moved by the moment. And prior to entering the facilities, he said:
“I’m about to drop off some goody bags to the frontline workers and show a little appreciation to the holidays and show how much we care. I’m thinking about the frontline workers and everybody that’s helping through COVID and health issues.”