Jessica Olson was born and raised around sports. She loves the game of tennis, her brothers play soccer for the national team, and her husband is one of the greatest players to have ever don the Dallack Mavericks Jersey. Better known as the wife of Dirk Nowitzki, Jessica is also the president of the Dirk Nowitzki Foundation, which is dedicated to “putting children first and assisting them through programs focusing on their well being, health, and education.” While Jessica never had a professional career as a sportsman, she does enjoy a game of tennis now and then. In this article, we will take a closer look at the wiki-bio of Jessica Olson.
Jessica Olson was born in 1982 in Gavle, Sweden. Born to a Swedish father and Kenyan mother, Njeri Waikwa, Jessica embraces her multi-cultural heritage. Not the only sports fanatic on the family, Jessica has younger twin brothers, Marcus and Martin. The brothers play soccer professionally in the UK and can often be seen donning the national team jersey as well.
Little is known about Jessica’s early life and from the look of things, she is not too keen on sharing personal information. While she did graduate from a local high school, her further studies remain a question yet to be answered.
Professional Career and Meeting Dirk:
It is not known at what point Jessica moved to the US. Around the time she met Dirk, Jessica was working at a Dallas Art Gallery. The pair met at a charity event for the Sports for Education and Economic Development (SEED) Project that was held in February of 2010. As it was held during the All-Star Weekend, the players were out and about. Dirk was tricked into raising his paddle for a Rolando Diaz painting, that saw a massive donation go the other way. Following the event, the pair began dating quickly and have been together ever since. Talking about the initial charm, Dirk revealed,
“What made her so special? What made me fall in love with her? First of all, she’s got to be attractive. That’s obviously part of it. And I think we just clicked intellectually. She likes art, she likes sports. Her brothers both played soccer, they were professional. She grew up around sports. We both love tennis and we love to travel. We both love kids and family.”
Problems with race and getting married:
Even though the pair started dating around 2010, they were first seen publicly on July 13, 2011, on the red carpet at The ESPYS awards. Things exploded when Dirk kissed Jessica after winning an award. Following the big revelation, people started pointing out how Jessica was a woman of color. Dirk later revealed that race and color don’t matter in a marriage.
“Color or race for me never really mattered, and that’s also the beauty of sports. You’re a team. Same with marriage. You’re a team and pulling on the same string. You try to make it work, and chemistry has got to be there. That is just the way I was raised.”
When the pair decided to tie the knot in 2012, they held three different ceremonies in Kenya, Germany, and Dallas. Dirk later revealed that his wedding in Keny was something that he would always remember. He recalled that they took his wife and brought out five or six girls and he had to recognize his wife from the group. Fortunately for Dirk, his wife’s cologne came through and he recognized her from the group.
“I guess it’s one of the traditions. If you get it wrong, you got to pay the parents a goat or something. So I was lucky. I smelled her to find the right one. So, I got lucky there. But that was just an experience that I’ll never forget.”
In 8-years of marriage, the pair have three lovely children. Their eldest daughter, Malaika, was born in 2013. In 2015, the couple had a son, Max, and a year later their second son, Morris, was born. The pair have decided to keep their kids out of the spotlight and allow them to lead private lives.