NBA star Patty Mills launches Team Mills Foundation

Patty Mills in action in New York City. Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

Australian basketball star Patty Mills has launched the Team Mills Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation aimed at supporting minority groups and underprivileged families around the world.

Mills, an NBA champion with the San Antonio Spurs and proud Indigenous Australian, has created the platform to allow communities to come together, with the objective of creating a brighter future for all.

"I am incredibly excited to announce the launch of Team Mills Foundation; an organisation built on taking courageous and ongoing action to bring long-lasting improvement to people's lives," Mills said.

"Our foundation is personal but relatable as it reflects values that have been instilled in me by my previous generations and through our customs and traditions.

"Our vision is to make a tangible difference at the intersection of those values and people's lives, shining light on critical issues as well as providing opportunities and pathways of success to empower and unlock people's tremendous potential.

"I play basketball, and I'm grateful for what the sport has provided me and my family, but I'm even more appreciative for the voice and platform that has come along with it. It has allowed me to follow through with my success on the court to inspire, support and make change in other people's lives, especially the ones who need it most."

The Team Mills Foundation announcement coincides with the beginning of National Reconciliation Week, a time where Australians learn about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture.