Giannis Antetokounmpo is devoted to leaving a legacy that goes beyond the basketball court. The Milwaukee Bucks' superstar has launched the AntetokounBros Academy in a partnership with Nike, the Onassis Foundation and EuroHoops Organization.
I’m so proud to share this project that means so much to me. The AntetokounBros Academy is more than basketball, it’s here to inspire every kid like me to unleash and develop their potential through sport.
— Giannis Antetokounmpo (@Giannis_An34) November 18, 2021
According to the academy's website, the goal of the Greece-based academy is to help underprivileged youths reach their dreams. From the website:
The Antetokounmpo brothers’ vision is to provide children from vulnerable social groups with the opportunities they lacked when growing up, and let kids experience the power of sport to change lives.
NBA superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo and his brothers – widely known as AntetokounBros – have launched AntetokounBros Academy, a program to help boys and girls (aged 12-16) and aspiring coaches (aged 18-25) realize their sporting potential, gain life skills and become better citizens.
AntetokounBros believe that through social actions and various partnerships, children will receive healthy and sound stimuli that will help them develop a balanced character, learn to work hard, be better teammates, and become better people. Not only on the basketball court, but also at home, at school and within the community.
The mission of this program in Greece is to provide access to sport, inspiration through education, and scholarships to open pathways in life.
Antetokunmpo launching an academy follows the example set by LeBron James' I Promise School. Like James, Antetokounmpo grew up in an impoverished situation and used the wealth he accrued as a superstar NBA player to change the lives of children who also grew up in difficult situations.
The rise to superstardom Antetokounmpo worked to achieve with the Bucks paid off last season when they won the championship. Their title-defending season has been pretty rough so far, but come playoff time, Milwaukee will still be a force to be reckoned with.