Dallas Mavs Cook Up Holiday Cheer for Area Kids at Rockin’ Around the Kitchen

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DALLAS, TX --  It wasn’t Jolly Old Saint Nick who had a crowd beaming, giddy with excitement.

His arrival rivaled that of the man in the red suit. Mr. Mavs himself, Dirk Nowitzki, made the holidays merry and bright for a special group of children.

“I’ve never met the NBA players, I’ve looked up to them for a while. It’s pretty cool to be here,” Tanarius Stuart told NewsFix.

Dirk and company spent Friday afternoon with 50-visually impaired children from DARS division for blind services.

"It’s a fun day spending some time with some kids, in the holiday spirit, so we’re having a good time,” Nowitzki said.

Nick and Sam’s Steakhouse hosted the Rockin’ Around the Kitchen – Mavs Holiday Edition.

"It’s always fun to give back to the community, give back to the kids, you know, have a little bit of fun at the same time; making pizzas with them, something I’ve never done," Mavs player Raymond Felton told NewsFix. "I’ve never been in the kitchen before.”

The children had an opportunity to spend quality time with the players, and the Mavs  scored big points with their fans off the court.

"It’s cool, it’s real cool time to spend some time with the kids from the community and make some cookies," Dwight Powell said of his participation in the day's event.

The Mavs cooked up some seasonal spirit, complete with a huge side of laughter.

Pizza, the holidays and the Mavs? Now, that’s what we call a slice of happiness.