Words by Tess Becker
Basketball superstar and Milwaukee Buck, Giannis Antetokounpo, has made headlines for a donation to help improve mental health services in the city of Milwaukee.
The donation will be $1 million according to the Charles Antetokounmpo Family Foundation.
Giannis appeared on the Daily Show in Feb 2023 and spoke about the foundation and the work they do, named in honor of his father.
“We decided as a family to come together and build this foundation to basically just do what people did for us,” he said. “... Put our hand out there and give them an opportunity to be great and whatever they decide to do. Help them, be that step for them to go out there and accomplish their dreams. The same way I did.”
Giannis has spoken out in support of mental health causes in the past and even brought up his own struggles with mental health. Now he’s doing what he can to help make a difference for people struggling in similar ways.
Coming from a struggling family in the streets of Athens, the NBA superstar now wants to give back and help in a way that so many people did for his family.
“Our journey is proof that investing in others can unlock the potential inside every person—no matter where they start out or what difficulties they face,” the foundation writes.