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INDIGENOUS AUSTRALIAN PATTY MILLS POINT GUARD
NBA CHAMPION SAN ANTONIO SPURS #8
3 X AUSTRALIAN OLYMPIAN BOOMERS #5
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February 21, 2017
I am grateful everyday for the opportunity to represent my Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage on a high level through out Australia, United States and across the world. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ My parents taught me at a young age how lucky I am to be surrounded by so much heritage and I have cherished it ever since. Although I live in Texas and have been living in the United States for almost 10 years, I have not used this as an excuse NOT to practice my culture. In fact, my connection to my culture is still very strong today, if not stronger!!! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I speak in language, I dance, my house is covered in traditional paintings and artifacts and our team motto at the Spurs is translated into the Torres Strait island language 'Meriam Mir' and it is hanging in the hallway for all to see. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ My long time partner @missalyssa_michelle (who has been unbelievably supportive of my basketball career since our days at Saint Mary's College of California) has embraced my culture as her own and has become a valued member of our large family! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I am very pleased to share with you that Alyssa decided to pursue her own dreams and passion of designing swimwear. When she approached my parents and I about her idea and doing her part to promote the culture, we were all so very excited and supportive of her new plans. Since then, her line @straitswim has been developed involving elders, artists and members of the Torres Strait. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This is a sweet photo that was captured of our awesome friend @elyseknowles and I wearing StraitSwim at a recent campaign shoot. I am very proud of Alyssa and what she has created so now it's on me to return the favour and support her work. She will be launching the line soon, so keep an eye out if you want to learn a little bit about OUR culture. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Esor! (Thanks)
February 19, 2017
The boss 🙋🏼@missalyssa_michelle and the @straitswim crew put on quite a show last night 😉🤙🏾 And its only the beginning 👏🏾 Here's to a good weekend!!
February 18, 2017
The @straitswim crew had some pretty special support from the Brazilian Bala's at the welcome dinner tonight 🌴🌺🍴@tgo_splitter @marcelinhohuertas @missalyssa_michelle
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