After the City of Dallas opened a drive-through testing facility for COVID-19 in a parking lot at the American Airlines Center over the weekend, the Dallas Mavericks once again stepped in to help the medical professionals and first responders that are helping deal with the ever-growing threat of the pandemic in the North Texas community.
This time, it the Mavericks players who are stepping up individually. Each evening, after the testing centers closes at 8 p.m.—there is also a facility in southern Dallas at Ellis Davis Field House—players are taking turns providing dinner for those staffing the center as well as other frontline locations in Dallas.
Thank you very much to @mcuban and the @dallasmavs organization for reaching out to us so you could pay for dinner for the workers at our drive-up #COVID19 testing sites! You continue to be incredible partners to the @CityofDallas.— Mayor Eric Johnson (@Johnson4Dallas) March 22, 2020
Saturday night, Seth Curry was the first to purchase dinner. He had pizza from local Italian restaurant Mangiamo delivered to the first responders at the mobile facilities and Dallas Emergency Operations Center.
Last night, @sdotcurry purchased 115 dinners from local owned restaurant https://t.co/eY3o4g645T￼ for the first responders at the mobile testing site & Dallas emergency ops center.— Dallas Mavericks (@dallasmavs) March 22, 2020
Order take out & support your local businesses! #LetsBeatThis #MavsSupportLocal
Sunday, it was Kristaps Porzingis’ turn. He bought 60 meals for healthcare workers at Parkland Hospital who are directly involved with treating COVID-19 patients.
Last night, @kporzee paid for 60 dinners to be delivered to @Parkland Hospital ICU. These meals went to those that are directly involved in COVID care— Dallas Mavericks (@dallasmavs) March 23, 2020
They are the true heroes here #MavsSupportLocal #LetsBeatThis #NBATogether pic.twitter.com/k4cLdUdfUJ
The Mavericks will continue to do this for the foreseeable future.
This is just one of the many ways in which the players and organization are working to help the community overcome this crisis. They’ve poured hundreds of thousands of dollars into the local community and are also asking others to chip in where they can. It may seem like a small gesture, but it goes a long way in bringing the community together when its most needed.