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Arike Ogunbowale is sinking threes for a cause in Dallas

Arike Ogunbowale shoots a three-pointer during the “Dallas Has Wiiings” event at Reunion Tower in Dallas on May 11. (Courtesy of Cooper Neill)

Dallas Wings guard Arike Ogunbowale is joining forces with Red Bull for a season-long community giveback program to raise money for solar-powered lighting at basketball courts around the city.

As part of the program, called “Dallas Has Wiiings,” $800 will go to the new lighting systems for every 3-point shot Ogunbowale sinks during the 2022 WNBA season.

The Wings star took shots at a temporary court overlooking Dallas’ Reunion Tower last week to celebrate the project’s launch. Every 3-point shot she made turned on another set of lights on the tower, and with her 10th basket, she lit up the entire tower.

(courtesy of Red Bull)

“We got it, we lit up the Reunion Tower! It was tough, but the ball lit up is proof and now I’m just excited to be lighting up courts around the city of Dallas,” Ogunbowale said in a statement. “Obviously, I’m a basketball player and Dallas is my home, so being able to connect something that I do every night with helping the community is amazing.”

The program, which kicked off May 7, will run through the end of the regular season on August 14. Ogunbowale and Red Bull will donate up to $50,000 to the Dallas Parks and Recreation Department at the end of the season to address the city’s restoration efforts.

If Ogunbowale’s start to the season is any indication, the Wings guard will dominate from beyond the arc. The 25-year-old made four of her nine attempts from 3-point range and notched 21 points to help the Wings to an 81-71 victory over the Liberty on Sunday.

Ogunbowale was averaging 42.3 percent from behind the 3-point line through three games this season.