Milwaukee Bucks: Antetokounmpos give back to Greece, donate protective masks

LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 06: (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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Milwaukee Bucks players Giannis Antetokounmpo and Thanasis Antetokounmpo, along with their rest of family, have donated 20,000 protective masks to the neighborhood where they grew up in Greece.

They say home is where the heart is and that continues to be the case for both Giannis Antetokounmpo and Thanasis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks.

Per EuroHoops, the Antetokounmpo family has donated 20,000 protective masks to the municipalities in Athens, Greece, Zografou, and the neighborhood they grew up in, Sepolia.

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And as the report from Eurohoops includes, the suburb of Zografou is the home of Filathlitikos, the first team that both Giannis and Thanasis played on as both youths and then with the senior team before Giannis was drafted 15th overall in the 2013 NBA Draft.

The gesture and the donation went a long way for the city as Mayor Vassilis Thodas thanked the Antetokounmpos for their support more than 5,000 miles away in Milwaukee:

"“I’d like to thanks the Antetokounmpo brothers for their generous donation that becomes even greater since it takes place in difficult times for the whole planet. With their donation, they confirm that they don’t forget our city and, as we’ve announced, when the coronavirus nightmare has gone, the Municipality of Zografou will honor Giannis and his brothers appropriately,” Zografou Mayor Vassilis Thodas stated."

This latest act only follows what Antetokounmpo has donated to Fiserv Forum staff and arena workers as the coronavirus pandemic has disrupted the NBA season and our lives as we knew them, along with all Bucks players.

Antetokounmpo’s efforts to have a connection to his home country and do his part have continued as he has risen to incredible heights throughout his seven years in the NBA to this point, whether its playing for the national team or doing plenty of charitable work. In turn, the country of Greece has been fervent in their support of Antetokounmpo and his brothers throughout their respective basketball journeys.

For instance, the gym in which Filathlitikos plays in was renamed the AntetokounBros Municipal Gymnasium last summer as Antetokounmpo made his promotional tour for his debut Nike signature shoes, the Zoom Freak 1s.

Since March 23, Greece has been on total lockdown with the outbreak hitting hard in neighboring countries, most notably in Italy. According to the Independent, the Greek government has only recorded 1,800 cases and 81 deaths as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

There’s no question that the Antetokounmpo family’s efforts to give Greece the supplies they need to continue flattening the curve and lessen the threat of the coronavirus rampaging through the country will go a long way.

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