Patty Mills hopes to inspire younger generation with Game Day! book series
Patty Mills was at the Radio 3AW studio with Neil Mitchell earlier this week, and talked about ‘Game Day!’ – a newly released series that he’s currently touring Australia for.
Get ready kiddos! The book series GAME DAY! is coming very soon. This is going to be AWESOME!!! 👍🏾 pic.twitter.com/nwU6tkUpIN
— Patrick Mills (@Patty_Mills) June 19, 2017
He also spoke about what he hopes to achieve with the books.
“Look mate, I really see the importance of the younger generation and understanding that there’s a lot more to life than just sport. [With] sport, you learn a lot of values and lessons and discipline, things to be able to live in this world, but for me it was important to try and connect with these kids at a deeper level.
“I’ve done a number of basketball clinics and appearances and you get to see the excitement on the kids’ faces, but you don’t really get to connect and share enough advice that I would like, so I thought a kid’s book is a great opportunity for me to do that.
“It’s a fun book, an enjoyable read but there’s also many hidden lessons and values that hopefully kids can relate to and can connect, that they can use that for their journey.”
The little boy who loves to dance
Mills, who describes himself as a little Indigenous boy who likes to dance, laughed and agreed to his love of dance.
“Like I said, I try to find everything possible, especially with my culture, to stay connected.
“I can’t take my dinghy and fishing spear with me over to Texas, so dance and songs are things that… I don’t need anything to take that with me and I can just dance wherever I can. [I’m] still very connected with that.
“I also understand that basketball is only here for a short amount of time, so make the most out of it as I can but my culture is always going to be there, so when I hang ’em up, it’s straight back to doing what I can to be a role model for other Indigenous kids and pick up, I guess, right where I left off.”
It’s more than just money, or basketball
Mills also modestly spoke about still having his touch for fishing, despite being overseas for many years, and what his new NBA deal meant, among other topics over the course of the interview.
“I try to ignore [the NBA deal] to be honest, it’s bigger than just money, it’s bigger than just basketball. I’m doing this for a number of people back home in Australia to try and stay connected with them.
“It’s just a figure at the end of the day that I’m very grateful for, but it’s much bigger than that, and I understand that.
“I represent everyone in Australia,” Mills said. “I’m doing it for people of all different backgrounds, but especially the indigenous community.
“The reason why, is because there’s not a lot of indigenous kids that make it over to America and succeed in a high-level sport overseas, let alone here in Australia.”
Win a trip to the US and watch Mills live
There’s also a contest, that offers fans a chance at winning a trip for four to the United States. The major prize includes return air tickets, 5 nights’ accommodation, 4 tickets to a Spurs game (official wording describes “an NBA game featuring Patty”), post-game passes and more.
Buy book 1 or book 2 of the Game Day! series, head over to the Allen & Unwin contest page, and fill the entry form out. Proof of purchase will be required upon winning.
GAME DAY! book tour schedule
- 27 Jul (Thu) – Melbourne 4pm, Chadstone Shopping Centre
- 29 Jul (Sat) Sydney 5pm, National Centre of Indigenous Excellence
- 30 Jul (Sun) – Canberra 2pm, Westfield Belconnen
- 1 Aug (Tue) – Adelaide 3:30pm, Colonnades Shopping Centre
I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend and has fueled the tank for an exciting week because the GAME DAY! book tour begins 😊👍🏾 pic.twitter.com/tSmzX2di0m
— Patrick Mills (@Patty_Mills) July 23, 2017
Thank you for loving Aussie hoops! From Kein, Damian and #TeamPnR