‘WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER’: DALLAS MAVERICKS AND MAVS FOUNDATION DONATE OVER $100,000 TO AREA NONPROFITS AMID COVID-19 OUTBREAK
Dallas Mavericks and the Mavs Foundation are providing support for nonprofits serving senior citizens, food banks, meals for kids and more
MARCH 18, 2020 (DALLAS, TX) – In efforts to further support the local community and nonprofits across North Texas affected by the outbreak of COVID-19, the Dallas Maverick’s Mavs Foundation is contributing $100,000 to nonprofits. The Dallas Mavericks recognize the strain on nonprofits that provide support for individuals and families affected by COVID-19, including vulnerable populations like senior citizens and those who need access to food. COVID-19 has left some out of work and others struggling to feed their children, driving up demand at area nonprofits and food banks across North Texas.
“There are so many people who need help right now. We want to do our part to get them the support they need,” said Cynt Marshall, CEO of the Dallas Mavericks. “Whether it’s by giving time or helping with funds we are ready to make a difference in the lives of our fellow community members. We’re all in this together!”
Last week, Mark Cuban and the Dallas Mavericks announced plans to pay hourly workers for the six home games they’re expected to miss during this hiatus. The Mavericks, partners and several players look to expand these efforts with additional financial support for nonprofits providing services for senior citizens and those providing meals for kids and families across North Texas.
Mavericks center Maxi Kleber led the way with a $20,000 gift to CitySquare to ensure local students still have access to the third meal of the day usually provided by afterschool sites that have closed.
North Texas area nonprofits receiving donations from the Mavs Foundation include: North Texas Food Bank, VNA Texas Meals on Wheels, Minnie’s Food Pantry, Community Food Bank of Fort Worth, Hunger Busters, Senior Source, CitySquare, Hope Supply Co. and Communities Foundation of Texas, North Texas Community Response Fund. The Mavs will also make a donation of Kroger gift cards to students and families in need of food from Dallas ISD.
“Local nonprofits are more vulnerable to feel an immediate decrease in funding and volunteers so it’s our goal to provide help however we can,” said Katie Edwards, vice president of Community Relations and president of Mavs Foundation.
The Mavericks organization is also partnering with Mayor Eric Johnson and the City of Dallas by having Mavericks players share public service announcements, as well as with the Dallas Independent School District to feed families and support virtual learning for its students.
“I want to thank the Dallas Mavericks organization for coming together to help our city through this difficult time. I have said that everyone must do their part to stop the spread of COVID-19 and keep our residents safe and healthy, and, as the mayor of Dallas and as an MFFL, I am heartened by the Mavericks efforts,” said Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson.
“I’m eager to join with Mayor Johnson to get the word out about the ‘Do The Five’ initiative,” said Mavericks guard Jalen Brunson. “At a time like this, we all need to work together to educate one another about best practices that will help limit the spread of COVID-19.”
To spread awareness and minimize the spread of COVID-19, the Mavericks are also providing 100,000 units of hand sanitizer to nonprofits, police and civic organizations.
The Mavericks are encouraging all fans to support their local businesses and nonprofits in their communities during this unprecedented time.
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