Patty 米尔斯 Founds Inaugural Season Of Indigenous Community Basketball League

通过 2021年1月12日
Patty 米尔斯,  圣安东尼奥马刺

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.”

米尔斯’与14岁以下的儿童和青少年开始联赛的理由是“青春期早期对于孩子至关重要’的认知,情感和社会发展–在整个IBA比赛中,我们的补充计划将支持这些孩子及其社区拥抱他们的文化并释放一种’在安全且不受任何歧视的环境中具有充分的潜力。”

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.

他还推出了 Team 米尔斯 Foundation 并承诺捐赠超过 他的薪水中有100万美元 澳大利亚黑人生活问题运动以及澳大利亚和美国的其他社会正义计划。