Giannis Antetokounmpo and Brother Thanasis To Start A Basketball Academy For Underprivileged Children

Milwaukee Bucks power forward Giannis Antetokounmpo announced on Saturday that he and his brother, Thanasis, will be starting a basketball program for underprivileged children in Greece.

The academy reportedly will be established in collaboration with the media organization Eurohoops, the Onassis Foundation and Nike, and it will be called "AntetokounBros Academy."

Crowds gathered in Sepolia, Athens, on Saturday for the AntetokounBros 3X3 tournament. The Sepolia neighborhood is where the Antetokounmpo brothers grew up.

Earlier this month, Thanasis posted a photo on Instagram promoting the event, which was scheduled for Friday and Saturday, and hinting that "this year's gonna be special."

The Associated Press reported that the tournament would be played on three different Athens courts, with one of the courts having been decorated by a young Greek street artist—with a massive image of a dunking Antetokounmpo.

The tournament finals were to take place in the Sepolia area on Saturday.

The 24-year-old spent Friday in Athens presenting his new Nike Air Zoom Freak 1 signature shoe, which will go on sale in August. He is the first European NBA player to have a Nike basketball signature shoe, according to Sports Illustrated.

News outlets also reported on Friday that Antetokounmpo will play for Greece at this year's basketball World Cup in China. He apparently told media that can play any position.

Antetokounmpo said he "hadn't talked to the coach about which position I'll be playing ... the important thing is to play."

The FIBA Basketball World Cup begins on August 31, and Greece is one of 32 qualifiers.

Antetokounmpo, also known as "The Greek Freak" won the NBA's MVP award Monday night at the league's awards ceremony in Los Angeles.

The Greek native, who is the third-youngest to win the MVP in the last 40 years behind LeBron James and Derrick Rose, was emotional during his acceptance speech. He remembered his late father and thanked his teammates, his brothers and his mother.

"I want to thank my amazing mom," said Antetokounmpo. "She's the foundation of this family."

He went on to say that his mother believed in him.

"You're my true hero," he said.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo, #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks and Team Giannis celebrates with Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors against Team LeBron in the second quarter during the NBA All-Star game as part of the 2019 NBA All-Star Weekend at Spectrum Center on February 17 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Streeter Lecka/Getty Images