Luka Doncic surprises children at Dallas hospital with toys, clothes and cookies as he gives them a Christmas party before the Mavericks star plays in the NBA
- Luka Doncic surprised 200 children at Scottish Rite for Children on Wednesday
- Among the gifts were NERF blasters, Jordan Brand clothing and goodie bags
- He also bought lower-bowl tickets for hospital staff to attend the LA Lakers game
- The 23-year-old later scored 30 points in a 105-90 loss to Cleveland Cavaliers
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Dallas Mavericks star guard Luka Doncic not only delivers on the court but also off of it, as he turned into Santa Clause for just a day to throw a party and give out Christmas presents for pediatric patients.
Although the 23-year-old wasn’t there in person, he made sure that Wednesday was a day to remember for kids at the Scottish Rite for Children medical center.
He surprised the hospital’s 200 underage patients with a variety of toys that one could only find in the North Pole, including NERF guns, Jordan Brand clothing and goodie bags, according to TMZ Sports, while he was out of town, traveling to Cleveland.
Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic supplied gifts to 200 children in Dallas on Wednesday
Kids received gifts through the Luka Doncic Foundation, 10 days before Christmas Day
The Mavericks ended up losing against the Cavaliers, 105-90, though Doncic had another night to remember, putting 30 points on the board to further stake his claim for this year’s MVP award, also now known as the Michael Jordan Trophy.
The Slovenian’s averaged 33 points and 8.7 assists in 36 minutes this season, his most productive year since initially joining the NBA from Europe in 2018.
Despite the latest team loss, he made sure to raise spirits at the Scottish Rite by keeping children busy with daytime activities, including cookie decorating, face painting, photo booths and hot cocoa.
‘I hope this makes them happy and puts a smile on their face,’ Doncic told the outlet of the planned surprise. ‘They are so brave and strong, and I want them to know I’m thinking of them during the holidays and wishing them all the best in the New Year!’
Doncic and the Mavericks are currently the ninth seed of the Western Conference
Doncic also reportedly bought lower-bowl tickets to the Christmas Day game against Lebron James and the LA Lakers for the 25 health care workers at the medical facility.
The three-time NBA All-Star is certainly feeling generous this year and is planning to reciprocate a similar gesture back in his homeland by offering gifts to roughly 150 pediatric patients.
Doncic’s charity work is set up through his foundation, which is named after him.
Last year, he provided gifts and autographs to children in Ljubljana as well.
The Mavericks next play the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday and are the ninth seed of the Western Conference, currently missing out on the playoffs by a spot.
Last year, Dallas reached the Western Conference Finals, only to lose to the Golden State Warriors in six games (4-2 for Golden State). The Warriors went on to beat the Boston Celtics to claim the Larry O’Brien Trophy.