Dallas Mavs Host Cookies With Santa: Here Are Our Top 12 Favorite Moments
Let’s face it, nothing beats the thrill and joy of the holiday season! So what happens when you put a few dozen kids in a room with giant kids playing basketball? Magic. This is what is happening. Lots of magic.
The Dallas Mavericks turned the Mavs Gaming Hub into a winter wonderland on Thursday, and for a second everyone forgot about the 80-degree humidity outside. It was festive and bright and really, really joyful (and LOUD, in the most glorious way possible)!
This year Mavs cookies with Santa Claus, presented by Jefferson Dental & Orthodontics, was a celebration from start to finish with lots of games, holiday crafts, cookies and thoughtfully designed touches to keep you laughing.
More than 50 disadvantaged children from Alcove Vogel and Children-U arrived to spend the afternoon with the Mavs. Each child received a gift bag full of surprises (more on that later), and Jefferson Dental also connected the youngsters with dental kits to keep those smiles bright.
CEO of Dallas Mavs Cynt marshall and the The Dallas Mavs team soon arrived, decked out in blue Maverick Santa hats and big, cheerful smiles. Of course, the main attraction – Mr. Santa Claus himself – was also present and the kids were delighted to spend some one-on-one time with him.
The Mavs’ annual Cookies with Santa event looked slightly different this year due to NBA health and safety protocols. The players couldn’t interact so closely, but everyone made the most of it and it was a beautiful and special day for all the kids and Mavs. After all, it is the most beautiful time of the year!
HERE IS A LOOK AT OUR FAVORITE MOMENTS (in no particular order) …
1. THE DALLAS MAVERICKS 2021-22 TEAM
Can we applaud our extraordinary, committed and servant leaders of the Dallas Mavs? Despite a busy game and travel schedule this month, the men still showed up to give back to the community that adores them. The players were like proud big brothers watching the children open their presents. They sat next to Santa and made sure everyone was having fun.
2. THE VIPs (VERY, VERY IMPORTANT, PRECIOUS, INCREDIBLE CHILDREN)
More than 50 special children from Alcove Vogel and Children-U took buses for the event. Just to put the preparations in perspective: The Dallas Mavs Community Relations team gets a wish list from every child, and they make purchases for all of the kids. It’s a powerful business, but something the Mavs do with absolute joy and excitement. Each child receives gifts worth approximately $ 250. It is important for these children because they come for circumstances which are not always the best. The Mavs create a day adapted to each child to make their wishes come true …
3. THE MAVS GAMING HUB WAS POPPIN ‘
If you’ve never seen the Mavs Game Center, then it’s a sight to see. There’s a reason it’s known as a “playground” because that’s exactly what it is! The facility has all the latest tech gadgets and video games, and the space is simply large, bright, and inviting. This year, the events and community team created stations for all children. They had a space to write letters to Santa Claus, another space to color dollhouses, giant blocks and toys to build tall towers and arcade games to play whatever their hearts desire!
4. CAN I INTRODUCE TO YOU A 7-FEET-4 GUY HOLDING A TOOTHBRUSH…
Each year the Mavericks, thanks to the generous support of companies like Jefferson Dental & Orthodontics, come together to create a winter wonderland full of surprises and holiday gifts for at-risk kids. Boban particularly likes the toothbrush which he says is just the right size! Every child brought home special dental kits and other gifts thanks to Jefferson! Boban unfortunately had to give up his toothbrush …
5. FATHER CHRISTMAS READING ‘IT WAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS
6. THIS WEEK WAS OFFICIALLY “TIM HARDAWAY JR. GIVING BACK TO CHILDREN’S WEEK »
Tim Hardaway Jr. said this week with the kids was “magical” and we feel the same because of him! Timmy invested a lot of time, hours and money this week giving back to the kids of North Texas. After Monday’s game, he welcomed children from Bridgebuilders and spent time with them after the game against Charlotte. Then on Tuesday, the Mavs guard / front surprised two families and paid their rent. On Wednesday he played another game and today he was back with the Cookies with Santa community team. Two shots for Tim, who was MVP this year when it comes to packing skills…
TALKING ABOUT PACKAGING SKILLS…??
Santa and his elves tell us that Tim was the best and the most meticulous of packaging, and he also picked the bigger toy. Meanwhile Josh Green struggled and asked for help, but he loved picking the bow! Keep working hard, Josh! You will get there!
7. TOP FUNNY MOMENT: BOBAN BE BOBAN
Do you know that kid in class who is always very strong when the teacher is talking? It was Boban. Perhaps the funniest moment of the night happened when Santa Claus read “It was the night before Christmas”. Boban was so excited that he started telling another side story about Santa Claus. Meanwhile, KP was giving him a sidelong glance, laughing. It was a rare glimpse of what a movie theater or a plane trip might look like with Boban, who is adored and loved by young and old alike. Meanwhile, Frank Ntilikina is a great listener with Dorian Finney-Smith. Doe has three kids, so he’s having fun too!
Dallas Mavericks CEO Cynt Marshall is the first black woman to lead an NBA franchise, and she is a phenomenal leader and representative of the franchise. This week she took another special milestone when she turned 62! Every birthday is a wonderful and special celebration for Cynt. Cancer once threatened her life and now she turns the calendar with great joy. “I am proud of each birthday and to live one more year,” she tells us enthusiastically. Each year Cynt makes sure to attend countless community events and she always arrives early at Cookies with Santa. She adores little “honeys” and has a mighty heart for the children of North Texas. Tonight she helped the children write letters to Santa Claus and they mailed them, just in time for Christmas…
9. ANOTHER TOP MOMENT – THE DECOR AND PIZAZZ OF “COOKIES WITH FATHER CHRISTMAS”!
10. AT THE END OF THE NIGHT, BREEDING ROD – DINNER TO TAKE AWAY! KIDS LOVE THEIR CANE CHICKEN FARM. SO. ?? TO DO. ?? WE. ??
11. THE MAVS COMMUNITY RELATIONS AND EVENTS TEAM
This is the team behind the team. Weeks before Cookies with Santa, the Mavs community team sets out to shop for every child. Then they wrap all these gifts with love and care. So when the time comes for the kids to unbox their special surprises, it’s always an extra touching moment for the community team! Discover all the bikes and gifts …
12. AND FINALLY – OUR TOP MOMENT OF THE YEAR IS – TO BE TOGETHER!
Even though players weren’t able to interact so closely this year, the 2021 version of Mavs Cookies with Santa Claus was pure bliss. We were all together under one roof with a lot of joy and laughter to propel everyone into the New Year. There is so much goodness in the world and we see it every day with the Mavericks. The NBA Season of Giving is always important to the Mavs franchise, and our goal is to reach more kids in the most impactful way every season. The work is far from over. There are still several more events to come this holiday season and 2022 will be the best yet. The Mavs and Mavs Foundation will donate $ 1 million in grants and funding this season to empower children, women and families. We can’t wait!
From the Dallas Mavs family to yours, we wish you a great vacation! This is really what we play for.