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Charles Antetokounmpo Family Foundation: “Poverty is No Joke”

Giannis and Thanassis Antetokounmpo
The Charles Antetokounmpo Family Foundation held the “Poverty is No Joke” event on Tuesday to raise funds for philanthropic activities in Greece, Nigeria, and the US. Credit: Thanasis Antetokounmpo / Facebook

On Tuesday, the Charles Antetokounmpo Family Foundation (CAFF) held the first “Poverty is No Joke” event to “fuel opportunities” for the disadvantaged.

The foundation is named after Charles Antetokounmpo, the father of the Antetokounmpo brothers, who have made waves in the world of professional basketball.

CAFF works to provide opportunities for disadvantaged people in Nigeria, Greece, and the United States, all countries to which the Antetokounmpo brothers have familial, personal, and professional connections.

“Poverty is No Joke” event

The “Poverty is No Joke” event was held on Tuesday by CAFF as part of fundraising efforts for the organization’s international philanthropic efforts. Guests were treated to a night of comedy accompanied by fine dining.

In attendance were NBA stars Giannis and Thanasis Antetokounmpo and other members of the prolific sporting family. Also present was Alexis Ohanian, a co-founder of Reddit and the husband of Serena Williams, as well as Hasan Minhaj, an American comedian.

“Our first Poverty Is No Joke event was a successful night of comedy and impact, in large part due to our Sponsors! Thank you for supporting CAFF and helping us fuel opportunities,” the CAFF posted on its Facebook page.

Giannis also commented on the night, saying “Thank you to everyone who supported the CAFF ‘Poverty Is No Joke’ event last night!! What a night.”

“Incredible night supporting CAFF!!! Thank you to everyone who supported and we can’t wait to do it again!!!!” Thanasis said on Facebook.

 The Charles Antetokounmpo Family Foundation

CAFF is active with philanthropic work in Nigeria, Greece, and the United States. “By investing in local nonprofits and change-makers on the ground in these countries, we fuel a global movement for sustainable social change,” the foundation says on its website.

CAFF works with refugees and immigrants, disadvantaged youth, and widows around the world. The foundation works to provide opportunities in sports and education, as well as providing basic needs like food and shelter.

Naturally, for a family so gifted in sports, a lot of CAFF’s work seeks to provide opportunities via sports.

“Sport unlocks potential like no other force on earth. The Antetekounmpo Family is proof that where opportunity and determination meet—on the court or in the community—all things are possible. CAFF was created to mobilize that impact on a global scale,” the foundation says of itself.

The foundation is named after the late Charles Antetkounmpo, the father of the Antetkounmpo brothers. Charles was a football player in Nigeria and passed on a love of sports to his children. He died in 2017 at the age of 54.

The Antetounmpo brothers say that CAFF is “inspired by the example of our father Charles. He taught us that the opportunities we receive are not just for enriching ourselves. Each of us has a responsibility to help others achieve their dreams.”

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