See Dirk Nowitzki and Other Celebs Play Tennis For $20

In June, Dirk Nowitzki hosted a baseball game to benefit his foundation.
In June, Dirk Nowitzki hosted a baseball game to benefit his foundation. Brian Maschino

Celebrities playing tennis in the name of a charity. For its third year, the Dirk Nowitzki Pro Celebrity Tennis Classic will be Sept. 15 at the Southern Methodist University Tennis Complex.

The players included in this year’s Classic are Andy Roddick, 2003 U.S. Open champion; Tommy Haas, German ATP Tour player; Mark Knowles, three-time Olympic medalist and former world No. 1 in doubles; Boris Kodjoe, German actor on the Showtime drama Soul Food and CBS’s Code Black; and Steel Lafferty, professional wakeboarder.

The event has sold out in the past and has featured the likes of actor and producer Ben Stiller, Mavericks guard J.J. Barea, actor Owen Wilson and many more. All the proceeds benefit the Dirk Nowitzki Foundation, which aims to help provide education, good health and well-being to children in need.

“With my experiences in sports, I learned that you have to work hard to reach your goal, but many children around the world need help to even have a chance to enhance their lives and to realize their dreams,” Nowitzki says, according to the foundation’s website.

Last year, the sold-out event acted as a benefit for people affected by Hurricane Harvey, with Mavericks owner Mark Cuban matching proceeds up to $2 million. This go-round, the money gathered will go in the general pot of the foundation to fund various sponsored projects, wife Jessica Nowitzki says.

Tennis is reportedly Nowitzki’s first love. He has been playing since he was 5. However, after not being accepted in tennis because of his height, he decided to turn away from the sport when he was 15, according to SI.com.

This year, the event will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and it is cheaper than ever. General admission tickets are $20, with children 3 and younger getting in for free. Parking will be available at the Mustang Parking Center at 6001 Bush Ave.
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