We all know Patty Mills as the spirited, towel flinging, three-point scoring, Spurs player that he is. And as I am sure most Pounders are aware, he is a dedicated humanitarian, using his celebrity to bring awareness to events where he can offer support. The water shortages and fires plaguing his native Australia are two recent events that have taken him back home.
But now, Mills has posted this message via Twitter:
Without notice and most likely unintentionally, Mills has evolved into an ambassador of goodwill on a global level. While speaking to his native Australians in this message regarding the postponement of the 2020 Summer Olympics, Mills exhibited the tone of a leader. The Indigenous baller has an unavoidable, charismatic clarity to his message. One that many political leaders never reach after lifetimes of service.
“Stay positive and stay strong and lean on each other for support if needed. We are all in this together. If someone were to ask me if there were a call to action I would say this- whether you are an Olympic athlete, any athlete, or just someone that likes to participate in sports to stay fit and healthy, please stay at home and keep your distance. The better we can control this virus, the better we can look after each other.”
This pandemic is bringing the best out of many, and Patty is one of those who always puts his best foot forward. We are watching his leadership continue to evolve on and off the court and may just be witness to the rising of a new voice in the worldview.
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