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Patty in SA tomorrow

PATTY Mills is in Adelaide tomorrow, promoting his new children's books, inspiring young indigenous athletes at Woodville and headlining a sold-out luncheon as its keynote speaker.

The triple-Aussie Olympian and NBA champion with San Antonio Spurs - where he has signed for four years on a $US50million contract - will hit the city of churches on behalf of the Woodville Warriors Basketball Club, with a one-off lunch speaking engagement at Lakes Resort Hotel.

Proceeds will go to Woodville’s Aboriginal Basketball Academy which launched this year at Woodville High School with the twin pursuits of incentivising staying in school while learning the sport of basketball.

The bad news is if you haven't already booked, you're too late. It has sold out and is all ready to go, as you can see below.

Mills, 28, is a Boomers' Olympian who starred in Beijing, London and Rio and is an outstanding role model.

Before the lunch date, earlier in the morning, he will address the students of the Aboriginal Basketball Academy in an in-depth cultural discussion.

He'll also hit Colonnades Shopping Centre to promote his “Game Day” series of children’s books, aimed at the 6-9 years age group. The series tells of the journey of “sports-mad Patty”.

"The main messages here are trying to encourage kids to make the most of the smallest opportunities and never give up," he said in an ABC interview.

"There's a lot of challenges out there and adversities that little Patty goes through in the book and it's important for kids to understand that."

Mills' annual off-season return to Australia has seen him in huge demand. He has been made a Gold Coast Commonwealth Games ambassador - basketball is back in the Games next year - although he won’t be participating with his beloved Boomers due to date clashes with his NBA commitment.

He also was named NAIDOC (National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee) Person of the Year.

Jul 31

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