Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo named NBA Cares Bob Lanier Community Assist Award December winner

NEW YORK – The NBA today announced Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo as the NBA Cares Bob Lanier Community Assist Award winner for the month of December.  Antetokounmpo is being recognized for his efforts throughout Season of Giving – an annual five-week celebration beginning in mid-November that runs through December when NBA teams and players give back by supporting and uplifting youth, families, and organizations in their communities.  Antetokounmpo will receive the David Robinson trophy and the NBA will donate $10,000 to the Charles Antetokounmpo Family Foundation.

Throughout December, Antetokounmpo hosted special events to give back to Milwaukee and the state of Wisconsin.  On December 14, he hosted 100 youth from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee for a special movie night and holiday shopping experience.  Antetokounmpo provided transportation, food and beverages and rented two movie theaters for a screening of the film “Wonka”.  After the movie, each child received a gift card to Target to spend on gifts for themselves and family members.  Antetokounmpo spent time shopping with the children and helping them pick gifts for their loved ones.  He also helped to provide basic clothing, winter accessories and other household items for the youth.  More than 90% of the children from the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee qualify for free or reduced lunch, furthering Antetokounmpo’s passion to provide a special experience that many kids could not typically afford.  On December 16, Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks hosted seven youth from Make-A-Wish Wisconsin, with three families coming from Greece to meet him.  As part of the experience, the youth signed one-day team contracts with the team, watched practice and met Antetokounmpo prior to the game.  He signed jerseys, shoes and basketballs for all the kids from Make-A-Wish.

Also in December, Antetokounmpo and his family hosted their third annual Christmas event, where the family hosted 300 Milwaukee foster families for a night of holiday cheer and celebrations.  Children in foster care were able to enjoy an evening of balloon artists, face painting, dance parties and other games and crafts.  Each child received a photo with Santa and the Milwaukee Bucks mascot, Bango.  The foster parents were also able to visit a holiday gift shop to pick out toys and clothes for the children.  Volunteers helped wrap presents so each family could go home with wrapped gifts to put under their Christmas tree.

In addition to Antetokounmpo’s Season efforts throughout December, he tipped off Season of Giving with his family by spending Thanksgiving Day serving dinner to 86 men living in shelter at Guest House Milwaukee.  The family paid for a catered meal and served dinner to the residents.  Antetokounmpo also ensured each resident received new blankets and socks, which are critical necessities for individuals in shelter as they face winter in Wisconsin.  In October, Antetokounmpo hosted The Big Give Back, a diaper and fundraising drive for the Milwaukee Diaper Mission.  The Big Give Back raised over $180,000 and provided more than 10,000 diaper donations.

“I am fortunate to be in a position where I can give back to the communities that have raised me,” said Antetokounmpo.  “Building my legacy on the court has been fun these past 10 years, but being able to take the next step in my career and build a legacy of giving back with my family is what has been truly rewarding.”

Antetokounmpo will be recognized in-arena as the NBA Cares Bob Lanier Community Assist Award winner during pre-game of the Jan. 27 Pelicans-Bucks game.  Milwaukee Bucks General Manager Jon Horst and Bucks and Fiserv Forum President Peter Feigin will present him with the David Robinson trophy.

The NBA Cares Bob Lanier Community Assist Award honors Bob Lanier, an NBA League Office executive and NBA Cares Ambassador for more than 30 years.  He had an enormous influence on the NBA family and young people globally, traveling the world to teach the values of the game and making a positive impact through his kindness and generosity.  The legacy he built will continue to live on through the NBA Cares Bob Lanier Community Assist Award recognition, which honors the next generation of players’ commitment to positively impacting their community throughout the NBA season.  Each monthly winner receives the David Robinson trophy and the NBA makes a donation to the charity or foundation of the player’s choice.  To learn more, please visit https://communityassist.nba.com/.