DALLAS – The Dallas Mavericks will host their 14th annual Seats For Soldiers game on Wednesday when they entertain the Utah Jazz at 7:30 p.m. CT at American Airlines Center.

In conjunction with American Airlines and Nick & Sam’s, the Mavs are hosting this one-of-a-kind experience for the nation’s military heroes. Over 100 wounded service members from Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio will join reserve troops from the Dallas/Fort Worth area and Adaptive Training Foundation veterans and sit courtside for the Jazz-Mavs game.

They’ll be able to enjoy the game from those impressive courtside seats because some Mavs’ season-ticket holders banned together and gave up their seats for this memorable occasion for the service men and service women.

“I think it’s pretty cool because they look at us kind of the way like they appreciate the support, they appreciate our athleticism and things like that,” guard Dennis Smith Jr. said. “And we appreciate every sacrifice they made, so it’s a mutual respect on both ends.”

American Airlines will charter a flight that departs from DFW Airport on Wednesday morning and arrive in San Antonio to pick up the Brooke Army Medical group. From there the group will fly back to Dallas and dine at Nick & Sam’s in Park Cities before arriving at AAC to watch the Mavs face the Jazz for the third time in the past nine games.

“It’s always very, very special because our courtside people give up their seats to people that serve our country,” coach Rick Carlisle said of the Seats For Soldiers game. “Many (service members) have made the ultimate sacrifice.

“There’s always just a really great spirit for that night and we always really look forward to it. It’s a big deal.”

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