July 6 in Dallas County will now be known as “Luka Doncic Day” to show appreciation for how the Dallas Mavericks star has gone the extra mile in his local charitable endeavors this past year.
County Judge Clay Jenkins made the honor official by approving a measure passed by the Dallas County Commissioners Court to recognize Doncic for his contributions on and off the field to the region. according to an ESPN report. The stewards consider Doncic “an ambassador for basketball.”
The honor is largely inspired by how Doncic, along with other Mavericks players, donated $ 500,000 to help defer child care costs incurred by healthcare and other frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Additionally, Doncic and Mavericks team owner Mark Cuban also donated $ 1.25 million to aid recovery efforts from the blizzard that crippled the region and led to widespread utility outages in February.
Doncic is currently preparing to bring his Slovenian national team to the Tokyo Games, but took to Twitter to thank the recognition and honor.
Cuban also posted a message on social media to celebrate Doncic.
Doncic is coming off another outstanding season in what has been a remarkable start to his NBA career. The dynamic superstar averaged 25.7 points, 8.0 rebounds and 8.6 assists in 66 games. The magnificent season led to Doncic’s second All-Star Game recognition and, most impressive, his second consecutive All-NBA First Team appearance.
Now, Doncic will turn his attention to the Olympics. The Slovenian squad for the first time at the Olympics will face Argentina on July 26, Japan on July 29 and Spain on August 1 in the free-for-all group stage.