The Antetokounmpo brothers, Giannis, Alex, Kostas, and Thanasis, gave away a house with a view of the Acropolis in Athens to one lucky fan on Monday.
They announced the winner of the contest, which was held in cooperation with Greek influencer Alexandros Kopsialis and real estate company Greek Home, in a live video on their shared Instagram account, Antetokounbros.
Over 600,000 fans participated in the contest, which had a prize of a renovated house worth 100,000 euros in Athens. All they had to do to enter the giveaway was to like a post on Instagram, then follow the accounts of all the Antetokounmpo brothers.
Antetokounmpo brothers gave away a house to a fan
During the live video, Thanasis thanked God for blessing his family and giving them the opportunity to offer such a life changing gift to a fan.
The Greek-Nigerian athletes, particularly NBA Champion Giannis Antetokounmpo, have become beloved figures in Greece.
Their success story, which began in Athens as poor children of undocumented Nigerian immigrants, has inspired the world, and brought pride to their native country.
The Antetokounmpo siblings are known to be charitable. In the wake of the disastrous blazes that razed swaths of land in Greece over the summer, the brothers offered half of their e-shop earnings to the victims of the catastrophic fires.
At the time, Giannis announced, in cooperation with a sports betting firm, that he would pay for short-term accommodation at five Athens area hotels for those made homeless by the wildfires.
The brothers are known to give back not only to residents of their home country of Greece, but also to their local communities in the US, where they now live.
Giannis, also known as the “Greek Freak,” regularly donates money and food and volunteers to help the homeless community in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Giannis, who plays for the Milwaukee Bucks, has come to represent Greece in the US. Born of immigrant parents from Nigeria, the NBA star became a Greek citizen in 2013.
Giannis Antetokounmpo overcame hardship to reach NBA
His parents, as illegal immigrants, could not easily find work, so Giannis and his older brother, Thanasis, helped by hawking watches, handbags and sunglasses in the streets.
In 2007, Antetokounmpo started playing basketball, and in 2011 joined his local team Filathlitikos. After a brief stint in Spain he was drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks.
In 2013, Antetokounmpo stood between his parents on the court inside Bradley Center and gazed up at the ceiling, where the retired jerseys for Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Oscar Robertson hung in the rafters.
“Maybe in 15 years, 20 years,” the young man said, “maybe my name is up there next to Kareem, Oscar Robertson. I hope I’m there.”
He had just been drafted 15th overall by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2013 NBA draft. Over the summer of 2021, with more than 80,000 people crammed in and around Fiserv Forum, Antetokounmpo capped off a spectacular NBA Finals with a legendary performance to do what, until then, only Abdul-Jabbar and Robertson had ever done: lead the Bucks to an NBA title.