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Mavericks promoting healing, unity in special Dallas event at AAC

Dr. Brian H. Williams, a trauma surgeon at Parkland Memorial Hospital, will attend Saturday’s A Day of Healing, A Day of Togetherness event at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.
Dr. Brian H. Williams, a trauma surgeon at Parkland Memorial Hospital, will attend Saturday’s A Day of Healing, A Day of Togetherness event at the American Airlines Center in Dallas. AP

The Dallas Mavericks are reaching out to the community once again.

And they’ll have a lot of help.

The Mavericks, American Airlines Center, the National Association of Police Athletic/Activities League and Project Unity will host A Day of Healing, A Day of Togetherness for 5,000 youth on Saturday from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at American Airlines Center.

It is a free ticketed event. To request tickets, contact community.tickets@dallasmavs.com. Parking is free in The Lexus Garage.

Earlier this month, five police officers were killed and nine others wounded by a sniper at the end of a rally against police violence in downtown Dallas.

The tragedy rocked the city, state and the nation.

Now, the healing process has begun.

Law enforcement officers have been invited to bring their families, and join youth from the Dallas community for a day of free activities.

The event will be emceed by Chris Arnold of 105.3 The Fan and will feature Dallas dignitaries and celebrity guests, including Dr. Brian Williams, a trauma surgeon at Parkland Hospital who treated some of the officers; Miles Brown, actor from the hit show Black-ish; and Rock-T, Dish Nation & the Rickey Smiley Radio Show.

Some former players from the NBA and NFL are scheduled to attend. Among them are former NBA star Sam Perkins and former NFL wide receiver Bethel Johnson and cornerback Dante Wesley.

There will be performances by the Dallas Mavericks Dancers and ManiAACs, along with other live entertainment.

"This is about connecting rather than teaching or preaching. My suggestion is that the more time kids and officers can have face to face the more we will unify our community," said Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.

The Hall of Famer and retired Dallas Cowboys wide receiver said he hoped to use his football camp to help get back a sense of normalcy after the tragedy as he brought smiles to campers' faces at the University of North Texas. Video by Matthew Mart

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