Dirk presented with Key to the City

by Dan M | Posted on Saturday, November 24th, 2018

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Mayor Mike Rawlings honored Mavs Forward Dirk Nowitzki with a Key to the City  during halftime of Wednesday’s game against the Nets in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the community and his professional achievements over his 20-year career. Nowitzki is only the third person to receive a Key
to the City from Mayor Rawlings since he took office in 2011.
Nowitzki accepted the key at halftime, joined by the mayor, Dallas City council members and three high school students who assisted in creating a larger ceremonial key specially made for Nowitzki.
Among Nowitzki’s notable humanitarian contributions:
• Grants made annually to organizations focusing on children’s
wellbeing, health and education through The Dirk Nowitzki Foundation –
Last year, the Foundation raised $960,000 and held its annual Pro
Celebrity Tennis Classic raising $1.92 million for Hurricane Harvey
victims.  His foundation also holds monthly meetings with Hurricane
Harvey victims to help families start over and re-enter the workforce.
• Hurricane relief efforts – Nowitzki donated to the JJ Barea
Foundation to assist Hurricane Maria victims in Puerto Rico. He also
helped 10 families who were relocated to Dallas from Houston after
Hurricane Harvey.
• Annual Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game to benefit various local
nonprofits such as Girls Embracing Mothers, Alley’s House, Booker T.
Washington School for the Performing and Visual Arts.
• Annual visits to patients at Children’s Medical Center.
• “Dirk’s Dunkers” – Nowitzki hosts special guests from youth-based
nonprofit organizations, underserved schools and veteran groups in
this section of the American Airlines Center.
• Seats for Soldiers–Nowitzki, along with his teammates, signs
hundreds of autographs while spending time with wounded soldiers from
the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio and reserve troops from
the Dallas-Fort Worth area following the Seats for Soldiers game each
fall.
In recognition of Nowitzki’s global humanitarian efforts, the
World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth honored him with the
prestigious H. Neil Mallon Award in September 2017.
On the court, Nowitzki is the Mavs’ all-time leader in points
(31,187),games played (1,471), starts (1,440), minutes (50,573),
rebounds (11,331), defensive rebounds (9,868), field goals made
(11,034), 3-pointers made (1,918), free throws made (7,201) and blocks
(1,263). He has led the Mavs to 15 NBA playoff appearances, including
the franchise’s first Finals appearance in 2006 and its only NBA
championship in 2011, where he was named MVP. He is a 13-time
All-Star, a 12-time All-NBA Team member, the first European player to
start in an All-Star Game, and the first European player to receive
the NBA MVP in 2007.
Nowitzki is one of only seven players to play at least 20 seasons
in the NBA and is the only player in NBA history to play 21 seasons
with the same franchise. He is the top foreign-born scorer in league
history, the only foreign-born player in the NBA’s 30,000-point club,
one of seven players in NBA history to reach 31,000 career points and
is seventh on NBA’s all-time points leaders. On December 10, 2012, he
became the first non-American player to receive the Naismith Legacy
Award. He has also received the Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year
Award (2016-17) and the Magic Johnson Award (2013-14).

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