DALLAS - The Dallas Mavericks helped make the first day of school more fun for students in the Dallas Independent School District.
The Mavs donated fitness trackers to all elementary school students in the district to encourage them to be more active at school and at home. That’s about 100,000 kids.
The fourth graders at Sidney Lanier Expressive Arts Vanguard got to try them out and meet some of the players, dancers and ManiAACs.
“Investing in our youth is very important for their future. I remember when I was in fourth grade we had someone come to the school for basketball on a smaller scale. Regardless, some of that stuck with me up until now so I appreciated it and it made a great impact on my life,” said Mavs player Dennis Smith Jr.
The team also gave basketballs and jump ropes to each of the district’s 157 elementary schools.