The tiny hands of children caressed all the new trinkets and technological gadgets outfitted inside the new Mavs Reading and Learning Center at Youth World on Monday afternoon. The kids then jubilantly explored and surveyed the state-of-the-art STEAM area that is now home to coding robots, Lego build projects, art tutorial apps and books.
“It’s all new, it’s all new!” shouted one eager child, who was surrounded by fresh new paint and brand-new carpet in an atmosphere designed to inspire hope and propel youth to dream big.
The scene unfolded in front of a virtual dedication audience, including Dallas Mavericks veteran guard Seth Curry, Mavs CEO Cynt Marshall, Mavs Foundation and Youth World executives, plus members of the media.
A fifth grader named Keric loves to attend Youth World, but he admits that he didn’t expect a whole lot when he heard about the new reading center. Then he took a few steps inside and gazed at a mural splashed with a giant dunking basketball player wearing a headband, just like Curry. Three words are boldly painted across the front and set the tone for the new center: Read. Learn. Dream.
“I thought it was going to look the same as it used to,” Keric said. “But I love this room and how it’s all new and colorful.
“My favorite part is the wall. When I have a bad day, this is the place that I want