圣安东尼奥马刺 guard Patty 米尔斯 has long been an advocate for the empowerment of the indigenous peoples of Australia, where he was born 和 raised 通过 his father (a Torres Strait Islander) 和 his half-Aboriginal mother.
This week, 米尔斯 took his efforts even further, founding the inaugural season of the Indigenous Community Basketball League for Aboriginal 和 Torres Strait Islanders that are under 14 years old. The league, which is set to begin in February, will be run 通过 Australia’美国土著篮球协会（IBA）。
根据ESPN ’s Jake Michaels, 米尔斯 says that “我们将对IBA计划和竞赛进行的工作从未做到过，并且在该国尚属首次’体育环境… It’改变游戏规则，我们’re creating history.”
However, 米尔斯 plans to expand the league to include a greater number of age groups. He also plans to extend the league to more regions, as it’目前仅在八个地点上演，包括托雷斯海峡’s Thursday Island.
Now 32-years-old, 米尔斯 launched the Indigenous Basketball Australia initiative last July.