San Antonio Spurs: Patty Mills continues to make a global impact

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 17: Patty Mills of Australia watches on from the bench during the International Basketball friendly match between the Australian Boomers and Canada at RAC Arena on August 17, 2019 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
PERTH, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 17: Patty Mills of Australia watches on from the bench during the International Basketball friendly match between the Australian Boomers and Canada at RAC Arena on August 17, 2019 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
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Patty Mills is giving back to indigenous communities in Australia through his foundation, the Community Water Project. The foundation aims to bring sustainable, clean drinking water to remote indigenous communities.

Patty Mills has started a foundation focused on bringing clean drinking water to indigenous communities in his native Australia. Mills has led charitable projects in Australia before and the Community Water Project is the most recent of these efforts.

A special individual both on and off the court, Mills continues to make an impact around the world through his play and his charitable contributions. Coming off of a FIBA World Cup run with the Australian National team, Mills is now making a difference off the court and in communities.

Having someone like Mills, who is only the indigenous basketball player to play for Australia at the Olympics, return and give back means a lot to these communities, as you can see in the video above.

Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich has always emphasized the importance of life outside of basketball. It is, after all, just a game. But it can provide a platform to do some truly special things, as Patty Mills continues to show.

Using basketball as a global force for good is something that the NBA as a whole continues to emphasize. The NBA’s Basketball Without Borders initiatives as well as charitable foundations run player current and former NBA players like Dikembe Mutombo and Serge Ibaka are perfect examples.

Simply as a basketball player, Patty Mills is an inspiration to any young kid in these communities that the Community Water Project is impacting. He’s proof that a small player from halfway across the world can make it to the NBA, win a title, and lead the Australian National Team in the Olympics. But it’s what he does off the court that sets him apart.

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Patty perfectly embodies the organizational values of the San Antonio Spurs. Both on and off the court, he understands what it’s all about.

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