News Release | Dirk Nowitzki to speak at an evening benefitting Educational First Steps

Dallas, TX, December 12th, 2022Educational First Steps (EFS) proudly announces “An Evening with The Great Nowitzki,” a benefit scheduled for 6:30 PM CST on February 21, 2023, at the Ritz-Carlton, Dallas.

For over 30 years, Educational First Steps has been creating and supporting high-quality early learning environments that ignite the minds of children from birth to age five in North Texas. EFS pursues its mission by partnering with early educators and existing small business owners in over 100 childcare centers and 50 home-based partners in historically under-resourced communities – providing extensive training, professional development, classroom resources, and business services support. By introducing children to language, books, diverse experiences, developmentally appropriate instruction, and professionally trained educators at a young age, Educational First Steps supports positive, high-quality learning experiences that give them the opportunity to succeed later in life.

Former NBA MVP and Dallas Mavericks All-Star, Dirk Nowitzki, headlines the evening through a moderated discussion on overcoming adversity, the power of perseverance, and the importance of early education. Nowitzki has found success off the court as well through his personal foundation, the Dirk Nowitzki Foundation, which aims to create positive experiences for children worldwide by supporting causes that promote children’s well-being, health, and education.

“We are so honored to have Dirk join us on February 21st, 2023. He is an icon in this community, and his philanthropy is a beacon of hope,” shares EFS President & CEO Vickie Allen. “We are thrilled that he will be joining us as we celebrate children and all that they have in store for their futures,” Allen concluded.

Donovan Lewis, Host, Sportsradio 1310 The Ticket KTCK Dallas / Fort Worth, will emcee and moderate the event, and all proceeds support the mission of Educational First Steps. For sponsorship information, please visit or text EFSDN to 41444.


Based in North Texas, Educational First Steps is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to create and support high-quality early learning environments that ignite the minds of children from birth to age five. EFS delivers professional development, training, classroom resources, and business support to educators to help existing childcare centers achieve and maintain national accreditation. By investing in early childhood education, Educational First Steps helps close achievement gaps for early learners, break cycles of generational poverty for families, and create a brighter and more socially equitable tomorrow.