Dirk Nowitzki Nominated for Prestigious National Community Service Award

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Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki has been nominated for the national Jefferson Award for Outstanding Public Service by an Athlete, presented by All Stars Helping Kids, a national nonprofit founded by NFL Hall-of-Famer Ronnie Lott. Fans can "get in the game" and help Nowitzki win by voting on the All Stars Helping Kids website (www.allstarshelpingkids.org) and via text message now through November 15, 2009.

Nowitzki joins other impressive nominees, including Steve Nash, Mia Hamm and Venus Williams. Past winners of the Jefferson Award include Oprah Winfrey, U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy and Bill and Melinda Gates.

Nowitzki focuses his community service on helping sick and terminally ill children. He started the Dirk Nowitzki Foundation to promote education and health around the world. He also works with the Make-a-Wish Foundation and is a Big Brother in the Big Brothers Big Sisters Foundation. To learn more about his service, visit his profile on www.allstarshelpindkids.org.

In addition to honoring philanthropic athletes, All Stars Helping Kids and the Jefferson Awards are encouraging fans to "get in the game" by:

  • Voting for them online or via text message. To vote for Nowitzki text STAR28 to 55333 (sponsored by AT&T and facilitated by Txtstation).
  • Telling their friends to vote.
  • Following his lead and volunteering in their community.
  • Nominating a local hero for a regional Jefferson Award for Public Service.

All Stars Helping Kids was founded by NFL Hall-of-Famer Ronnie Lott in 1989 with the goal of promoting a safe, healthy, rigorous learning environment for disadvantaged kids in low-income communities. All Stars achieve this mission by pooling the resources of athletes, corporations and individuals to support high-performing academic and physical enrichment programs.