'Uncle Dirk' is the Best Story You'll Read Today

Dallas Mavericks player Dirk Nowitzki delivers presents to children hospitalized at Children's Medical Center Dallas. Children's Medical Center Dallas

A few days ago Dirk Nowitzki quietly continued his decade-plus tradition of visiting sick kids hospitalized at Children's Medical Center Dallas.

Last December, Uncle Dirk, as he's come to be known at Children's, graciously allowed me to shadow him during his visit. The idea was to shine a light on the brave kids, their families, the miracle workers at Children's by sharing a story that never had been told.

Uncle Dirk.

The Amazing Story of Uncle Dirk and the Children Will Give Goosebumps
Dallas Mavericks player Dirk Nowitzki delivers presents to children hospitalized at Children's Medical Center Dallas. Children's Medical Center Dallas

I knew my tagging along was a one-time thing, though. Because if we know one thing about Dirk Nowitzki beyond his greatness as a basketball player, it's that he prefers his numerous off-the-court deeds to remain private.

Read more about this year's visit and Dirk's history of visiting the children's hospital from our partners at The Dallas Morning News.

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