DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - The two professional basketball teams in North Texas are stepping up after the winter storms wreaked havoc in the community last week.
The Dallas Mavericks and Dallas Wings have announced their plans to support the community with donations after the statewide power outages and water shortages.
The Wings has partnered with the American Fidelity Foundation and OurCalling and will match all donations up to $6,000.
The Wings say their initial goal of $12,000 has been surpassed and they have raised over $88,000.
Our Calling, a local non-profit, is providing shelter and food services to almost 1,000 people every night.
Meanwhile, the Mavericks, led by Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, have donated $1.25 million to the Dallas Mayor's Disaster Relief Fund and other organizations around the metroplex who are helping low-income families displaced by the storms, and those who are homeless, the Dallas Morning News reports.
Cuban, CEO Cynt Marshall, Luka Doncic, Tim Hardaway Jr., Maxi Kleber and Dwight Powell combined to make the generous donation.
“It’s not just about basketball here. That’s what I love,” Kleber said, via the Dallas Morning News. “When you have the head of the [organization], Mark, donating and showing and being a good example, everybody wants to jump in and help and donate where you can.
“Obviously, it’s a very tough situation for a lot of people out there, and if you have the ability to help, I think it’s a good thing to step in and help, too.”