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Dirk Nowitzki takes talents overseas to aid F1 legend Schumacher

Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki will play soccer in a charity event for Michael Schumacher.
Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki will play soccer in a charity event for Michael Schumacher. TNS

Dirk Nowitzki has been a part of the DFW sports scene for so long and is so beloved here that sometimes it’s hard to remember he’s also an international superstar.

And as truly one of the world’s most humble and approachable athletes, he becomes more adored as he ages. What also makes Nowitzki so special is he understands what it means to give back, and to help others. That’s why he took over the Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game from former Dallas Stars great Mike Modano five years ago.

The event raises money for the Dirk Nowitzki Foundation and the Heroes Foundation. That charity game played to a sold-out crowd for a third consecutive year last weekend at Dr Pepper Ballpark in Frisco.

The Heroes game was a tremendous success last weekend. It’s culmination signals Nowitzki’s return to Europe. And next month, he’s leading the charge for another charitable event playing another sport.

He’ll exchange baseball cleats for football cleats — you know, soccer, another of Nowitzki’s great sports loves for the July 27 “Champions for Charity” event benefitting Formula One legend Michael Schumacher. The charity game will be played at Coface Arena in Mainz, Germany.

Schumacher continues to fight a devastating head injury from a skiing accident almost three years ago that left the seven-time Formula One champion unable to walk, talk or perform any routine daily activities.

Nowitzki is the team captain of the Nowitzki All-Stars, a collection of the world’s greatest athletes in a variety of sports, and will square off against a team of race-car drivers captained by fellow German and Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel.

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