The post-NBA career awards just keep coming for former Dallas Mavericks superstar Dirk Nowitzki.

Another prestigious honor will land on Nowitzki’s doorstep on Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Omni Hotel in downtown Dallas during the Heroes on the Water inaugural gala. That’s when Nowitzki, along with former Dallas Cowboys players Roger Staubach, Troy Aikman and Emmitt Smith, will be recognized as the Mount Rushmore of Dallas sports.

The fundraising event will include a dinner, a silent auction and a live auction, and will benefit veterans, active duty military and first responders and their families. And a sellout crowd of 500 will be on hand for the festivities.

“What you can expect is really wonderful food and some amazing talent and get to know a little bit more about Heroes on the Water,” said Laura Armbruster, the director of communications and community engagement for Heroes on the Water. “We have some videos that we’re going to show so that we can introduce our organization to people who may not be familiar with us.

“We’re based here in the Dallas area, we just passed our 12th year last October and we provide kayak fishing excursions to veterans, first responders and their families at no cost to them. We have learned throughout the years and through some various studies that outdoor therapy is very impactful for our veterans and first responders. It helps with post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury symptoms.”

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Published: Feb 6 2020

Members of the Mount Rushmore of Dallas sports – Troy Aikman, Dirk Nowitzki, Emmitt Roger and Roger Staubach – were recognized at a fundraising gala Saturday night at the Omni Hotel in downtown Dallas.

The event, named Heroes on the Water, benefited veterans, active duty military and first responders and their families.

Dale Hansen, the sports director at WFAA-TV, Channel 8, was the master of ceremonies and moderator. Here are just a few of the questions Hansen asked the Mount Rushmore members.

HANSEN: Did Dallas make Dirk Nowitzki, or did Dirk Nowitzki make the Mavs, or a little bit of both?

NOWITZKI: I think it’s a little bit of both. I was lucky to come in a system where, I don’t know how you guys’ basketball knowledge is, but Coach Nellie (Don Nelson) was perfect for me. He was a mismatch master, he played different styles, he wanted his big guys to shoot and spread the floor. He was way before his time, and so that perfectly fit my system and my style of play. So I was very fortunate to come into a system that supported me and wanted me to play my way. If I would have gone somewhere else, they probably would have bulked me up. Back then there were still a lot of big guys and lifting a lot of weights at the end of the 90’s, and I don’t know. Maybe I would have never actually played like I did.

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Published: Feb 9 2020

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