October 22, 2014 (Dallas, TX) Students at Boude Storey Middle School, a DISD School in southwest Dallas, had a very special visitor. Dallas Mavericks forward Richard Jefferson held an assembly to tipoff the Dallas Mavericks Academic All-Stars Program presented by Flowserve to encourage elementary and middle school students to stay focused, set goals and commit to staying in school. Top performing students in 6th-8th grades at Boude Storey were lucky enough to ask Jefferson a couple of questions that ranged from “What’s it like to be famous?” to “Who is your biggest role model?” to “What’s it like to play with Dirk?”

“I never had the opportunity to have an NBA player come to my school,” Jefferson told Boude Storey Middle School teachers. “Maybe if I had, I would have worked a little bit harder a little bit earlier. I definitely had a late start getting motivated in class.”

Jefferson spoke of his childhood growing up in Phoenix, Arizona, his mother returning to school to finish college, eventually earning her Master’s, and how proud he is of her. “She’s my biggest role model,” Jefferson said.

To be a Mavs Academic All-Star, teachers and counselors can nominate their students for excelling in school or making significant improvement from one grading period to the next.

Twenty five (25) winners from the DFW Metroplex will receive great Mavs prizes including two (2) tickets to the Mavs vs. Memphis Grizzlies game on Friday, March 20, 2015, where they will be recognized on the court during halftime!

Program details and nomination forms are located at https://www.mavs.com/community.

For questions about the Academic All-Star program and how you can get involved, feel free to contact Ebony Harris (x126) or ebony.harris@dallasmavs.com.

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