A virtual summit involving the Dallas Mavericks, Dallas Wings and other teams is part of the Team Up for Change movement.
The Summits aim to unite, inspire and activate the NBA and WNBA’s commitment to racial equality and social justice.
Dallas Mavericks assistant coach Jamahl Mosley has said it is important for teams to use their national platform in this way.
“It’s something that says, ‘We’re going to be more than just athletes on the field,” “Mosley said.” We want to be a way to speak your voice, using your voice to do something bigger than you. ‘”
This type of work is nothing new to the Mavericks.
“In fact, in January, the Dallas Mavericks were named NBA Inclusion and Diversity Team of the Year,” said Chris Arnold, Maverick’s game night host and Inclusion Ambassador. “So we were already there. Thanks to Mark Cuban. Cynt Marshal. We had great leadership and we just kept doing what we were doing.”
Arnold said one of the main goals of the NBA is the right to vote.
“The world is changing and because of all the different things that have happened in this calendar year, from the pandemic to the protests against social injustice, people are getting more and more involved,” said Arnold. “The exclamation mark is the vote. It’s the most important thing you can do.”
Thirty NBA teams opened their doors as voting centers. The American Airlines Center is one of them. Mosley said he was grateful to see him take on a new role.
“To create change and for people to have the right to vote and understand the power they have in voting,” Mosley said. “So now they can approach it not just as a sports arena, but now as an arena for change.”