When Donnie Nelson announced the name of the Dallas Mavericks NBA Development League team, he commented “The name ‘Texas Legends’ is a tribute to the men and women who have made our great state what it is today. We celebrate those who’ve sacrificed greatly and achieved the honorable.”

Friday night against the Iowa Energy, the Legends will continue their tradition of honoring those who have helped make our state and nation what it is today by wearing unique jerseys celebrating “Spirit of a Hero” – a foundation dedicated to providing financial, moral and community support to critically injured soldiers of the U.S. Armed Forces.

“Thanks to Donnie Nelson and the Texas Legends for allowing us this opportunity to work with them,” commented SOAH Vice President Gary Paparella. “We are excited to spread the word about SOAH, and honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedom that we frequently take for granted. I hope that folks will come out and support SOAH and the Legends as they plan to defeat the Iowa Energy.”

The Legends will wear customized jerseys celebrating Spirit of a Hero, uniquely branded with both the Legends logo and Spirit of a Hero logo. Select jerseys will be available via a silent auction during the game, with all proceeds going back to Spirit of a Hero. As part of the festivities of the night, select individuals from Spirit of a Hero will be recognized as “Legends of the Night.”

The Legends face the Energy, an affiliate of the Chicago Bulls, at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 1. The game will be broadcast on KTXD Ch-47.


About the Texas Legends

The Texas Legends were founded in 2009 and is the official minor league affiliate of the Dallas Mavericks. The team plays at Veracruz Court at Dr Pepper Arena in Frisco. The Legends are co-owned by Mavericks’ General Manager and President of Basketball Operations Donnie Nelson and is one of 16 teams in the NBA Development League. The league offers professional basketball at an affordable price in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere. Twenty percent of players in the NBA at the start of the 2012-13 season boasted NBA D-League experience. In fostering the league’s connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote health and wellness, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA D-League Cares programs and foundations such as the recently established Legends Cares. For ticket information, visit nba.com/dleague/texas/tickets.html.