The Dallas Mavericks spent yesterday afternoon on the American Airlines Center practice court teaching children from DARS (Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services) how to shoot, dribble, and pass a basketball.

The children from DARS had varying degrees of disabilities, but none were apparent on the basketball court as everyone had a blast trying to show the Mavericks that they “got skills” too. Good thing that Donnie Nelson wasn’t present as some of the Mavericks players might have gotten replaced.

A number of the children had eye difficulties which in some cases meant they were completely blind, so each basket had a mobile beeper attached to the rim so the shooters would know where to aim their shots.

After everyone had filled the baskets, with jumper after jumper, they went upstairs to the Old No. 7 and filled their bellies with some Thanksgiving viddles from Nick and Sams.

Executive Chef Samir Dhurandhar brought exactly what you would expect for a Thanksgiving dinner but brought enough of it to feed 1,000 people. Everyone had to loosen their belt buckles on the way out.

Dinner was topped of with an ice cream sundae bar that had such a variety of toppings that even Brazier's (That's Dairy Queen to your young folks) would feel inadequate.

Obviously, a good time was had by all.

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Comment by Leslie Curtis on November 27, 2008 at 10:39pm
As a mother of a 7 year old Autistic son who also has a seizure disorder, it was such a welcomed sight to see the Mavericks getting involved with children who have disablilties. One cannot even begin to imagine the stress any family is under with having a special needs child. I describe it as a nightmare that I would never wish on anyone, yet at the same time these children also bring unexpected joy to our lives from most things that the average child and parent would take for granted. So, kudos to the Mavericks for getting involved with these special children, and for offering their time for what looks like a very succesful event. I am extremely proud to see the Mavs getting involved in such a worthwhile cause!!!!

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