March 26, 2021 (DALLAS, TX) – On Sunday, March 28th, as part of the Mavs Reading Challenge presented by Whataburger, Dallas Mavericks Dwight Powell and Maxi Kleber will join Mavs game night emcee Chris Arnold for an Instagram Live Reading Timeout. With an exclusive sneak peek, Dwight and Maxi will read Strum and the Wild Turkeys, a new children’s book inspired by a ranch of Avi Glina, Dwight’s personal friend.

“First and foremost, for me, I remember back when I was that age and I was in elementary school and had kids from our high school come read to us,” Powell said. “I know at times, I had struggled with reading, I had struggled with enjoying reading. And I know spending time with those older kids, those role models reading to me, got me excited about reading.”

WHAT: Instagram Live reading and Q&A with Dwight Powell and Maxi Kleber
WHEN: Sunday, March 28th | 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE: @dallasmavs

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

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 @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 for more information.

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