Mavs players commit to purchasing meals every day for coronavirus first responders
Taking a cue from Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, Mavs players reportedly pledged to provide meals every day for coronavirus frontliners posted in the Dallas area.
Per Dallas Morning News reporter Brad Townsend, the team has agreed to take turns each day in providing meals for these modern-day heroes, as they continue to risk their health and safety amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
I’m told that EVERY @dallasmavs player has committed to this effort: hundreds of meals each day. Hasn’t been announced, but I was told @kporzee’s turn was today. Quite a team effort. Mavs franchise continues to lead the way in outreach and ideas and truly making a difference. https://t.co/IRHI9oYjx6
— Brad Townsend (@townbrad) March 23, 2020
The team’s best shooter, Seth Curry, reportedly got the ball rolling by purchasing 115 dinners from a locally-owned restaurant on Saturday, which was then given to the first responders at the mobile testing site and Dallas emergency ops center.
Mavs center Kristaps Porzingis will be buying everyone’s food on Sunday.
The Mavs franchise, meanwhile, continues to lead the way in terms of outreach and ideas that make a difference throughout these trying times experience around the world. Mark Cuban was the first owner to think about the plight of the team’s arena workers who were paid by the day.
Shortly after the NBA announced its suspension of the 2019-20 campaign, Cuban vowed that all Mavs workers will be compensated during the hiatus. Other franchise owners and even players followed Cuban’s initiative and did right by their people.
Cuban, along with Luka Doncic and Dwight Powell, also spearheaded the Mavericks’ foundation’s $500,000 donation to UT Southwestern Medical Center and Parkland Memorial Hospital to support childcare for healthcare workers.
The young Mavs team has found success prior to the league-wide suspension. They currently hold the seventh place in the Western Conference with a 40-27 win-loss record.