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Daily Sports Smile: Dallas Mavericks help distribute 250 Thanksgiving meals in local community

Nov 8, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA;  Dallas Mavericks center Kristaps Porzingis (6) celebrates with forward Tim Hardaway Jr. (11) during the first half against the New Orleans Pelicans at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
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The holiday season is right around the corner and the Dallas Mavericks are doing their part to help the local community. The Mavericks helped distribute 250 Thanksgiving meals to underprivileged families and those in need.

The Mavericks partnered with Kroger to help assist in preparing meals and sides. Families received turkeys, stuffing, macaroni and cheese and other delicious items. Several Mavericks players were on hand as well.

The group included Tim Hardaway Jr., Kristaps Porzingis, Maxi Kleber and Dwight Powell. They were joined by former Mavericks players at the event.

“It’s a blessing for us to be able to help families,” Powell told the Mavericks official team website. “It’s great to have our guys here and do this together. I think it’s just as beneficial for us to be able to see the families enjoy this moment and another opportunity for us to get closer and see how we interact in this environment.”

Hardaway agreed. He felt it was important give back with his teammates and mentioned how excited he was to lend a helping hand. 

“This is such an honor to get out here and serve the people,” Hardaway said.

The Mavericks have continued to make a difference in the community. Last week, Mavericks center Moses Brown built two wheelchair ramps during Hoops For Troops Week.