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Dallas Mavericks point guard Luka Doncic and 2K Foundations announced a partnership Saturday that included rebuilding basketball courts in the NBA star’s hometown of Ljubljana, Slovenia.
“It’s a very exciting day for me. I have good memories of growing up in Ljubljana. These are the courts of my childhood where I learned and practiced the game,” said Doncic. “It is an honor to be able to give back to my city and my country which has given me so much and which I love. The opportunity for children to play on the same grounds and to pursue the same dreams as me is something something that excites me.”
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2K Foundations is the philanthropic arm of 2K, the company that develops video games such as NBA 2K22, which counts Doncic among this year’s cover athletes.
“The foundations play a very important role for 2K and our sports titles. We are extremely proud of the contributions made to the communities, from the renovation of the courts to the STEM programming. Since 2018, the foundation has carried out more than 40 community enrichment projects , reaching communities across the globe,” said 2K President David Ismailer. “We are honored to have created a program that helps give some of the world’s greatest athletes and talents, such as Luka, the chance to connect more with the communities that mean so much to them.”
Doncic worked with local graphic designer Nejc Prah to create the pitch design, which incorporates his initials, Mavs shirt number (77) and the use of negative space to create an ‘S’ for Slovenia.
The 22-year-old two-time NBA All-Star returned to his hometown to sign the courts in a ribbon-cutting ceremony featuring local kids playing scrimmages and three-on-three matches .
Doncic recently represented Slovenia at the Tokyo Olympics and quickly established himself as one of the tournament’s best players with a 48-point performance against Argentina in the group stage. The team reached the semi-finals but failed to secure a place on the podium.
“It’s really not easy. We fought until the end! What a pleasure to play for my country in the first Olympic Games in our history! So proud of these guys! And thank you Slovenians for supporting us in every game !” Doncic wrote about instagram
after the Summer Games.
He previously helped Slovenia win the EuroBasket 2017 gold medal.
Doncic, who is now an eternal NBA MVP candidate, will soon return to the Mavericks for the 2021-22 season.
Dallas kicks off the campaign Oct. 21 when it visits the Atlanta Hawks.