The Mavs Foundation provides a new gym to the non-profit Oak Cliff
DALLAS – Some Dallas Mavericks players and front office executives helped christen a new gym that they donated to an area nonprofit.
This is one of the many ways the organization gives back to the community.
Monday was a time to celebrate and give back.
“I’m so excited about what we’re doing today,” said Cynt Marshall, CEO of Mavs. “It’s more than just a court. It’s the NBA celebrating 75 years of changing people’s lives.”
The Mavs Foundation and non-profit organization For Oak Cliff unveiled a new basketball court with updated goals, rims and repainted walls. The partnership also included donations from Chime and Coca-Cola.
Mavs players Jalen Brunson and Tim Hardaway Jr. were there as team ambassadors. Guards helped children enter the facility and work on their play.
“It’s bigger than basketball, and that’s what the Mavs organization has done since I’ve been here,” Brunson said.
“It’s a blessing. It’s a great opportunity,” Hardaway said. “This building, this courthouse is for all of you. To keep you out of trouble. Stay in school, have fun with your friends and loved ones.”
For Oak Cliff Executive Director Taylor Toynes, such acts have a lasting impact on children and their families.
“Right now, what’s happening, we’re in the midst of an oak cliff renaissance,” he said. “We want to focus on the root cause of the solutions.”
This summer, a mural will be added to the building.
Marshall says their mission in Dallas isn’t just about filling the arena every week.
“We don’t just work here. We don’t just play here. We live here too,” she said. “It all depends on your trip. We’re here for you.