George Hill: Milwaukee Bucks’ Guard Helps In Raising Money

George Hill still has good perspiration across his hairline from his pre-game routine in Boston about an hour before the game when he leaned across a few seats for communication. It was only a few minutes, maybe six or seven, but speaking in person was important to him. To see his face. To be present.

It was a TD Garden moment, but it represented what George Hill is doing Sunday evening in Thiensville for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic took away the ability to host live gatherings.

The Milwaukee Bucks’ guard will host active-duty military families for his “G3 Holiday Bash” from 6 to 10 p.m. at Shully’s, located at 146 Green Bay Road. Along with Wish for Our Heroes, Hill is assisting families in obtaining food, clothing, home or vehicle repairs, baby supplies, and other necessities.

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George Hill and his family will be in attendance, including his brother, saxophonist Bryan Thompson. For him, this very personal involvement is an important part of the event. “It means a lot,” Hill said, adding that he has invited any available teammates to join him on an off day. “I believe it would be a fantastic night for them to come out and show their faces.

I believe the military will enjoy it immensely. But for them to come out and see us in person, to be able to say hello, and for us to be able to thank them for all that they do, not just for your family but for us as human beings, is just an act of compassion considering that some of them struggle night after night.

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Through his extended family and his wife Samantha’s brothers who are servicemen, George Hill was exposed to the difficult realities that some active-duty families face. As an Air Force veteran, Hill’s first NBA head coach, Gregg Popovich of San Antonio, influenced him.

“I feel like it’s my responsibility as a San Antonian and as a military family member to give back to the military,” Hill said. “It’s ridiculous how much hardship some homeless people face every night.

“We are out here playing this game we love while making millions of dollars, while they are fighting for our freedom, the right to breathe clean air, and our safety. People may discover themselves unable to put food on the table, purchase clothing for their children or purchase presents for them for Christmas following bombings or other tragedies.

“I felt like I had to do something, and that’s why I reached out to those men and women.”, or they can donate or bid on auction items directly through the website. Hill stated that in mid-September, he hosted a similar event in San Antonio that raised $480,000.

Hill said they plan to host more than 200 military families and that 100% of profits will go to the intended beneficiaries. The event, which runs from Thanksgiving to Martin Luther King Jr. Day, is a part of Hill’s 54-day challenge to practice kindness and compassion.

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