DALLAS – The Dallas Mavericks will host their memorable 11th annual Seat For Soldiers at 7:30 p.m. Saturday when they face the Washington Wizards at American Airlines Center.
Mavs season ticket holders will give up their front row seats to over 100 wounded service members from Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, veterans from the Adaptive Training Foundation and reserve troops from the Fort Worth-Dallas area.
It’s one of the more emotional games of the season for the Mavs.
"This event is always a memorable experience for everyone attending the game," Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said in a statement. "We love that this event originated with a single fan and has continued to grow year after year.
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"It’s an inspiring reminder of the amazing people that make up our community."
Season-ticket holder Neal Hawks started the Seats For Soldiers concept, and convinced other season ticket holders to join in for the worthy cause. The seats are valued at more than $350,000.
American Airlines will fly the soldiers from San Antonio to Dallas, with the pilots and flight attendants donating their time. And the soldiers will have a complimentary dinner and beverages at Abacus before going to AAC for the game.
The soldiers will also have the opportunity to meet the players and coaches from both teams after the game, as well as the Dallas Mavericks Dancers and ManiAACs.
"Giving back to the people who serve and defend our country is a tremendous honor for the 100,000 employees of American Airlines," said David Seymour, American’s senior vice-president-Technical Operations and a veteran of the Unites States Army. "We are delighted to partner with the Mavs and Abacus to say thanks and provide these men and women a well-deserved night of great food and NBA basketball."
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