Dirk Nowitzki was born on June 19, 1978 in Wurzburg, Germany. He is the son of Joerg and Helen Nowitzki. His father played for West Germany in team handball, while his mother was a star player on Germany's women's national basketball team. Nowitzki was raised in Wurzburg, a small city in Bavaria, where his family had a house painting business. His only sibling, older sister Silke, also became a professional basketball player.