He’s Giannis. Giannis Antetokounmpo. The son. The brother. Greek Freak. The father. A two-time MVP. The Defensive Player of the Year. Finals MVP. Most recently, Superman. And now, the man with many names can add one more – hero.
According to reports from Greece, Giannis has stepped up to provide housing aid to those pushed into need by the wildfires currently hitting the country. Initial reports suggested he provided 87 hotel rooms, and, yesterday, Greek reporter Harris Stavrou tweeted that the number had risen even higher –
Giannis Antetokounmpo announced he is offering MORE rooms and MORE nights to people affected by the wildfires in Greece.
— Harris Stavrou (@harris_stavrou) August 7, 2021
Sometimes we are too flippant with the title of hero, but, often, I think we’re not generous enough. Not all heroic acts make for a good movie. Not all heroes perform unbelievable deeds of bravery or courage. Sometimes, heroism is just stepping up to provide what you can for those who cannot help themselves. It is having the heart to share your gifts in times of need.
Giannis, with his physical gifts, looks the part of your prototypical superhero. There’s a reason Shaq just passed down the title of Superman. But physical gifts don’t make a hero any more than mental abilities. It all comes down to what you do with what you have, and this week, Antetokounmpo has used his blessings to give a lot to those who need it.
Giannis Antetokounmpo, son, brother, the Greek Freak, father, a two-time MVP, the Defensive Player of the Year, the Finals MVP, a hero, and someone the city of Milwaukee and the country of Greece are very lucky to call our own.
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