AUSTIN, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – Dallas legend and future NBA hall of famer Dirk Nowitzki was honored at the state capitol Tuesday.
Nowitzki, who retired from the NBA last month, was celebrated for not only his contributions on the court, but also to the community of Dallas.
“He has been a true patron of the Dallas Community and has formed an enormous effort to make a difference off the court also,” Senator Royce West said in recognizing Nowitzki. “Dirk is the founder of the Drik Nowitzki Foundation, his foundation is dedicated in putting children first and awards grants and funds projects for children who are afflicted with illness, poverty, poverty, poverty, abuse and neglect.”
Nowitzki became a household name due to his play as a Maverick, but he also became an ambassador in Dallas for his philanthropic efforts and dedication to the state that brought him home back in the 90’s.
“Whether they want to be or not, great athletes are role models and you have been a great one of both,” Senator Nathan Johnson said. “So I’m thankful for everything you’ve done for the city of Dallas and basketball and I’m certain you’ll continue to be a great role model for all of our young people and the rest of us.”
During his visit, the future hall of famer met with lawmakers, took photos and even signed some memorabilia.
Gov. Greg Abbott also honored Nowitzki, calling him the greatest player in Dallas Maverick’s history.
“The greatest player in the history of Dallas Maverick’s basketball, one of the greatest players in NBA history,” Abbott said. “We are honored to honor him today.”
Nowitzki officially retired in April.