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Jerry Jones Donates $1M to Dallas ISD for Tornado Recovery, Mark Cuban Matches It

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    Jerry Jones Donates $1M to DISD, Mark Cuban Matches It

    Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys announced a $1 million gift to the Dallas ISD on Saturday, almost a week after a tornado damaged several district schools. Hours later, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban tweeted, "Well done Jerry!!! I'll match your generosity!" (Published Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019)

    Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys announced a $1 million gift to the Dallas ISD on Saturday, almost a week after a tornado damaged several district schools.

    Hours later, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban tweeted, "Well done Jerry!!! I'll match your generosity!"

    The Cowboys' gift was announced ahead of the Thomas Jefferson High School homecoming football game against Spruce High School at Alfred J. Loos Stadium in Addison.

    The gift was made solely to Thomas Jefferson, one of the DISD schools that was severely damaged by the EF-3 tornado that tore through the city Sunday night.

    It came during an important week for students - homecoming.

    "For other people it might just be a school, but for us it was a second home," senior Carla Guerrera said. "Seeing both of my schools getting totally destroyed in a matter of minutes was sad."

    The storm hit during Sunday night's Cowboys game against the Philadelphia Eagles, which is why Jones and the NFL Foundation wanted to step in to help.

    "We knew that the most important thing we could do is to be part of the community and it's so important for us to have a great game on the field, but even more important for us to make an impact on the community," said Charlotte Jones, executive vice president of the Dallas Cowboys and chairwoman of the NFL Foundation.

    Jerry Jones said it's a privilege to be able to help the community in a time of need.

    "It's really God's gift to be able to be a part of the NFL be a part of the Cowboys and be able to repair this field that means more than a place for kids to score touchdowns -- it's about community," Jones said.

    A community that includes former Cowboys defensive end Charles Haley, who lives near the high school. Haley said there's a greater lesson here for students to learn.

    "Adversity doesn't defeat you unless you allow it to," Haley told players in the locker room before the game. "It strengthens you, it makes you become iron."

    Students are learning that lesson first hand this week -- both on and off the field. Dallas ISD Superintendent Michael Hinojosa said the greatest lesson students may learn this week is the one of generosity.

    "These kids will never forget Sunday night and Monday morning, but they will also never forget Saturday morning a week later," Hinojosa said. "Nobody wants their homecoming ruined, but the Cowboys made it the most special event of their lives."

    The money was given to go directly to Thomas Jefferson High School for the principal to determine where the funds should go to help them rebuild. A portion of it will go to the school athletic program and football field, which sustained heavy damage.

    A football team equipment container was blown across the street, and many of the player's uniforms and pads were stuck inside the damaged school building.

    A donation of this size is not uncommon for the Jones family. The Joneses donated $7.5 million to create a cancer care facility in Dallas, $1 million to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, $100,000 to recovery efforts in West following the 2013 fertilizer plant explosion and $50,000 to the El Paso Victim's Fund, among others.

    Cuban confirmed to NBC 5's media partner The Dallas Morning News,that Dallas ISD could use his gift at its discretion.

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