Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo sends a signed photo to young fan who sent him letter of support
In tonight’s department of “heartwarming sports stories,” Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo responded to a young fan who sent him a letter after his second round loss to the Boston Celtics (to which his team responded by reeling off four dominant wins).
Not only did Giannis send back a Giannis jersey for the young fan, but he also sent back a signed photo of himself, to which the child responded with jubilance:
Giannis replied by signing his jersey and sending the kid a signed photo 👏 pic.twitter.com/5IBtnS6o6Z
— ESPN (@espn) May 23, 2019
Seeing this child’s glorious excitement makes one step back and ponder the greater significance of what these players do on a night-to-night basis. Sure, they’re trying to cement their legacy by winning championships, claiming Most Valuable Players awards and various other accolades all while bettering their brand and landing endorsement deals off the court.
However, for the fans (especially young ones), what these players do each and every game speaks to them in a way that transcends sports and provides them spectacle, pageantry and something to root for that is greater than just one person.
While this might sound highfalutin, just look at that young fan’s face to see the pure joy that he expresses when he realizes what exactly is in that package. Though his dad might (facetiously) scoff “he didn’t sign the jersey,” the child does not care in the slightest.
He received a personalized letter from his idol with a signature and a jersey. Clearly, that’s all that matters to the young fan, and it’s good to know that the presumptive MVP of the league appreciates that as well.