Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander NBA star Patty Mills has thrown his support behind the Black Lives Matter movement in Australia, announcing he will donate over a million dollars to the cause.
The San Antonio Spurs Point Guard took to social media yesterday to announce that he will be donating the bulk of his final 8 match payments from the upcoming restart of the NBA season, to be held at Walt Disney’s World Resort in Orlando, Florida.
The southern venue was selected by the National Basketball Association as the most suitable for a ‘Covid-Bubble’.
Mills said he felt compelled to make positive change towards race relations and social justice back home in Australia.
“I’ll be taking every cent earned from these eight games that we’re playing, which for me will turn out to be $1,017,818.54 and donating that directly back to the Black Lives Matter Australia, Black Deaths in Custody and to a recent campaign called the ‘We Got You’ campaign dedicated to ending racism in sport in Australia," he said.
The 31year old 2014 championship winner added: “I’m playing in Orlando because I don’t want to leave any money on the table that could be going directly to Black communities."
Mills followed up the post with a series of tweets featuring other prominent Australian Athletes including Lydia Williams, Erin Phillips and Patty Dangerfield who have all joined the #WeGotYou campaign.