February 26, 2021 (DALLAS, TX) – As part of the Mavs Reading Challenge presented by Whataburger, Mavs’ Dwight Powell will moderate a Mavs Reading Time-Out during the virtual African American Read-In Day hosted by Dallas ISD today, Friday, Feb. 26.

The event continues a decades-long tradition of promoting diversity in literature, while encouraging children to read and highlighting the work of African American Authors. In a pre-recorded video, Powell read ‘Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut’ by Derrick Barnes that will be played for DISD students that tune in via Zoom. The Mavs and Whataburger are also donating 500 books to the Charles Rice Learning Center.

The Mavs Reading Challenge presented by Whataburger is a 40-day program designed to improve reading literacy throughout the DFW area and encourage the love of reading for kids of all ages. The Mavs and Whataburger are challenging students (K-12) to read, or be read to, for a minimum of 20 minutes per day for 40 days. If participants log and complete the Mavs Reading Challenge by March 31, they will receive a Whataburger Certificate of Completion, a free Whataburger Jr. Coupon, valid at participating locations, and a Mavs swag bag. For more information and to sign up, visit mavs.com/readingchallenge.

MEDIA: To view the Mavs Reading Time-Out with Dwight Powell, CLICK HERE. This video is approved for editorial use, please credit the Dallas Mavericks.

ABOUT MAVS CARE: The Dallas Mavericks strive to be champions on the court and in the community. We are dedicated to building a stronger community through educational programs, health and wellness initiatives, environmental efforts, support for military veterans and first responders, racial equity and social justice programs, and grants to nonprofit organizations. Through our community programs and the Mavs Foundation, we are changing lives in North Texas and have impacted thousands of children, families and communities. Learn more at Mavs.com/Community @mavsoffcourt.

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.

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