Giannis Antetokounmpo made a young fan's day after being surprised with a sweet collection of her artwork

By Maria Pasquini
April 03, 2019 02:41 PM
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Giannis Antetokounmpo was filled with happiness after receiving a collection of handmade artwork from a young fan — and his enthusiastic response to the one-of-a-kind gift brought the young girl to tears (of joy).

During an autograph session last week, an 11-year-old girl named Lily presented the Milwaukee Bucks star, 24, with a folder filled with artwork she’d made for him.

In a video of the sweet interaction taken by her father, the girl can be seen telling Antetokounmpo that he’s her “favorite athlete” and she had wanted to give the artwork to him “for a very long time.”

With a big smile on his face, the athlete quickly stood up and walked over to Lily, giving her a big hug.

“Thank you so much,” he said, as the girl could be seen tearing up. “It’s amazing.”

According to WMTV, Lily’s father, Pete Stauffer, said his daughter had been working on the “art projects for a year and a half,” keeping “them in a folder in the hopes to one day deliver” them to Antetokounmpo.

Although her father said he “had set correct expectations that she may never be able to get this to Giannis,” after learning the athlete would be making a public appearance nearby while his daughter was on break from school, he jumped on the opportunity.

That day, he and his daughter waited in line for six hours — but it was definitely worth it.

Speaking of the athlete’s kind gesture, Stauffer, said it was “certainly overwhelming for her, and all us frankly.”

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Although Antetokounmpo may not quite be a household name, the young star has a chance of becoming the league’s MVP this season.

The NBA player, who was born in Greece, has averaged a career high of 27.4 points and 12.5 rebounds per game, according to Sports Illustrated. His team currently leads the league’s Eastern Conference, having earned a total of 58 wins so far.

Singing the star’s praises, Shaquille O’Neal even gave up his “Superman” nickname to the player — who is affectionately referred to as the Greek Freak — in November.

Should he be named the NBA’s MVP, he will be the Bucks’ first since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar won the honor in 1978, according to CBS Sports.