The Bucks and Pat Connaughton may be in a league-wide timeout at the moment, but Milwaukee's bouncy bench contributor is staying busy. At least he certainly will be on Thursday, May 21, when the above-worthy 2020 Slam Dunk Contest participant will take to the air waves to raise money for COVID-19 relief with the Athletes Doing Good radiothon.
Airing from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. on ESPN Wisconsin stations (94.5 in Milwaukee, 100.5 in Madison), the radiothon will star Connaughton as the Bucks shooting guard will go from hoisting threes to hosting interviews, with visits planned from teammates (Khris Middleton, Donte DiVincenzo, Kyle Korver and, yes, Giannis), Bucks top brass (head coach Mike Budenholzer, GM Jon Horst and co-owner Marc Lasry), fellow Brew City sports figures (Christian Yelich, Craig Counsell, Josh Hader and Brent Suter), ESPN personalities (Trey Wingo, Mike Golic and Mike Golic Jr.) and more throughout the 11-hour marathon.
Perhaps the true star of the show, though, is the impressive collection of sports memorabilia assembled for the event – including a silent auction highlighted by a Giannis-autographed All Star Game jersey, a Bucks jersey signed by Khris Middleton, various items autographed by High of Famers Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Oscar Robertson, and a signed football and helmet from Packers star Aaron Rodgers. The radiothon will also feature buy-it-now items, such as bobbleheads, promo items and canvases of two of Connaughton's signature dunks from this year's Slam Dunk Contest in Chicago – one of the slam over Giannis, signed by the Greek Freak, and one of the dunk over Yelich, signed by the Brewers' star. Both will come with special personalized written messages from Connaughton as well.
No matter if you're going in on the auction, purchasing one of the buy-it-now items or simply donating money, all proceeds raised during the radiothon will go toward supporting COVID-19 relief through Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin, Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin and Connaughton’s foundation, With Us.
"By playing for the Milwaukee Bucks, I’ve come to appreciate the support the city of Milwaukee and state of Wisconsin give to our team and communities," said Connaughton, in a release. "I knew that by playing a lead role in helping make this radiothon successful, I could not only help give back to the community but share behind-the-scenes sports stories with fans who miss watching their favorite teams."
"Our Athletes Doing Good initiative is a long-term effort to inspire others to do good by featuring stories of professional athletes and others in the sports industry who are making a difference," said Chellee Siewert, president of Capture Sports Marketing, in the release. "The radiothon in partnership with ESPN Wisconsin and Good Karma Brands is an avenue for athletes to help raise funds and awareness for some of the organizations that are supporting those who need it the most during this pandemic."
To listen to Connaughton and the radiothon, tune in to 94.5 ESPN Milwaukee, 100.5 ESPN Madison or head to Wisconsin on Demand to listen online. And to bid, buy or donate as a part of helping those in need during these uncertain times, click here.
As much as it is a gigantic cliché to say that one has always had a passion for film, Matt Mueller has always had a passion for film. Whether it was bringing in the latest movie reviews for his first grade show-and-tell or writing film reviews for the St. Norbert College Times as a high school student, Matt is way too obsessed with movies for his own good.
When he's not writing about the latest blockbuster or talking much too glowingly about "Piranha 3D," Matt can probably be found watching literally any sport (minus cricket) or working at - get this - a local movie theater. Or watching a movie. Yeah, he's probably watching a movie.