Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo has come a long way in his NBA career. After selling anything he can in the streets of Greece just so he can buy a pair of basketball shoes, he’s now the league’s reigning MVP and one of the best players in the world. Moreover, his brothers Thanasis and Kostas have also made it to the NBA.
Now, the Antetokounmpo brothers want to give some 100 children and coaches an opportunity to turn their lives around through their foundation, the AntetokounBros Academy.
According to a report, the AntetokounBros Academy aims to help boys and girls aged 12-16 and aspiring coaches aged 18-25 jumpstart their professional basketball careers. The said foundation will run for two years in Athens and will be funded by Nike, Giannis’ official sports apparel partner.
EuroHoops and other foundations will also work with the Antetokounmpos to make this academy successful.
“The time for action has come for AntetokounBros Academy and we can’t hide our joy and excitement. For the next two years, in collaboration with the Onassis Foundation, Eurohoops Organization and Nike, we will work hard to create development opportunities for underprivileged children – and this is only the start,” the Antetokounmpo brothers said in a joint statement.
“We are on the same page as our collaborators and we start this journey of social contribution with a shared vision. We will work together as a big family with no social or individual exclusion. We are certain that the creation of the AntetokounBros Academy will leave a positive footprint and offer essential help to families who need support; and let’s repeat – this is just the beginning!”
Giannis and Thanasis are both with the Bucks, while Kostas is with the Los Angeles Lakers. Meanwhile, their youngest playing brother, Alex is still in high school but is likely to be in the NBA in the near future.