Nowitzkis Named Honorary Chairs for North Texas Giving Day

The retired Dallas Mavericks star and his wife, Jessica, are challenging North Texans to beat last year's record giving to benefit nonprofits in a 20-county area.

Dirk and Jessica Nowitzki have been announced as honorary chairs of the Communities Foundation of Texas’ 11th annual North Texas Giving Day, which will take place on Sept. 19.

Now underway with nonprofit kickoff events taking place through June 4, North Texas Giving Day is the foundation’s annual 18-hour online giving event designed to encourage community members to support local nonprofits and causes they care about.

Longtime Dallas Maverick Dirk Nowitzki recently retired from the NBA after a 21-year career that saw him break records and gain new fans across the nation.

“Jessica and I are thrilled to be this year’s honorary chairs of North Texas Giving Day,” Nowitzki said in a statement. “The North Texas community has given so much to me and my family over the last 21 years, and we can’t think of a better way to get involved in the community that has supported me on and off the court.”

Last year’s event generated a landslide $48 million, and Nowitzki said he challenges North Texans to break that record this year.

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Giving back is a huge part of our family, and we’re thrilled to join forces with Communities Foundation of Texas to spread the North Texas Giving Day message and rally everyone who lives here to give back to our community on Sept. 19,” Jessica Nowitzki echoed.

North Texas Giving Day benefits the 20 counties of North Texas, giving everyone the opportunity to be a philanthropist to build a stronger and more vibrant community. Since 2009, North Texas Giving Day has raised $240 million for the North Texas community. Last year, more than 137,000 gifts benefited 2,700 nonprofits.

“With 10 years under our belts, and the adored Nowitzki family at our side this North Texas Giving Day, we are brimming with excitement about the impact we can make for the thousands of nonprofits supporting tens of thousands of North Texans,” Susan Swan Smith, Chief Giving Day Officer at Communities Foundation of Texas, said in a statement.

Registration for nonprofits to benefit from North Texas Giving Day is now open, and closes Aug. 19. Nonprofits must register every year, and can do so by visiting the event’s website.

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