Athletes giving back is always great to see
Earlier this week, Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic surprised 80 children at Children’s Health in Dallas and Plano with some awesome gifts. Per the press release, Luka wanted to surprise patients to uplift their spirits while they’re in the hospital.
To ensure the health and safety of the patients, Doncic worked with Children’s Health team members to hand deliver gift bags which contained Jordan sneakers; Jordan drawstring bag, hoodie and socks; a letter from Luka; and a signed photo.
“I really wish I could have been there to meet and talk to the kids but hopefully this surprise brought a smile to their faces and encourages them to stay strong,” said Luka. “I just want all the kids and parents to know I’m thinking of them!”
In addition to the gift bags, there were also coloring books featuring Luka and Boban Marjanovic. Doncic also arranged to have pizzas delivered to the families with the number 77 spelled out in pepperoni.
“Luka’s generous donation to Children’s Health for the patients at our Pauline Allen Gill Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders was fantastic,” said Brent Christopher, president of Children’s Medical Center Foundation. “These patients at both our Dallas and Plano campuses are fighting hard against their diseases and often have lengthy stays in the hospital. That means missing out on many everyday pleasures of just being a kid. Receiving these items from Luka brought huge smiles to our patients’ faces.”
Though we’ve not covered every instance of charitable work, it’s been a big year for Doncic in this lane. He started the Luka Doncic Foundation devoted to helping childen and ended up getting nominated for the NBA Care’s Off-season Community Assist Award. Over the summer in Slovenia, he helped to refurbish two basketball courts in Ljubljana. During the latter part of the 2020-21 season he supplied Air Jordan 1 shoes and Mavericks swag to healthcare workers who administered vaccinations during the coronavirus pandemic.
This year we’ll do our best to cover more of all the Maverick’s off-court work when they give back to the community.