The Dallas Mavericks and Kristaps Porzingis, in partnership with Whataburger, have announced the continuation of #KrisStops, a community initiative that launched last season to fight childhood hunger. With every block this season, Porzingis will personally donate $500 to the Mavs Foundation, which will then be distributed to local organizations to aid in the fight against childhood hunger in North Texas. As part of its Feeding Student Success program, Whataburger will donate an additional $100 for every block made by the 7-3 Porzingis, making it $600 per block.
In the campaign’s inaugural season, including playoff games, a total of $104,000 was raised. The Mavs Foundation allocated the funds to those most in need during the pandemic including Aunt Bette’s Community Pantry at St. Philip’s School and Community Center, Catholic Charities of Fort Worth, Dallas Afterschool, Metrocrest Services, Network Community Ministries, North Texas Food Bank, Tarrant Area Food Bank and Brighter Bites.
Accompanying Porzingis’ contribution in blocks made during the season, he also participated in an augmented reality larger than life campaign where fans could also donate to the cause. Participants were given the chance to shoot a virtual basket while trying to avoid being blocked by Porzingis. The video ended with an introduction to the #KrisStops cause and highlighted the fight to combat childhood hunger.
For more information on the #KrisStops campaign, please visit mavs.com/KrisStops.
ABOUT THE MAVS FOUNDATION: Over the past 24 years, the Mavs Foundation has provided grant funding totaling more than $6 million dollars to nonprofit organizations serving women, children and families in need. In addition to grants, the Mavs Foundation has built 47 safe Learn & Play spaces throughout the North Texas community, including 27 basketball courts and 20 Reading & Learning Centers. These spaces are designed to encourage healthy living and provide a safe place for children and residents, as well as expand learning opportunities and access to technology to support youth education programs, teen and adults job-skill training and other critical programs. Learn more at MavsFoundation.com.
ABOUT WHATABURGER AND FEEDING STUDENT SUCCESS: Whataburger has focused on its fresh, made-to-order burgers and friendly customer service since 1950, when Harmon Dobson opened the first Whataburger as a small roadside burger stand in Corpus Christi, Texas. Today, the company is headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, with more than 840 locations in 10 states and sales of more than $2.5 billion annually. Whataburger has 46,000 Family Members (employees) and more than 14 million customers who like to customize their Whataburgers just the way they like it. Whataburger invests in the communities it serves through Whataburger Feeding Student Success, a program that helps students from pre-K to college and adult education achieve their goals. Visit whataburger.com for more information.