US election 2020: Bucks guard George Hill return to Milwaukee to encourage voting | NBA News

Milwaukee Bucks guard George Hill said the importance of Wisconsin in the upcoming election caused him to fly back to the state to assist in a local voting drive.

Hill, who lives in San Antonio, Texas, worked alongside about 50 volunteers from the Milwaukee-based organisation Common Ground walking through local neighbourhoods last weekend to remind people to vote.

“This [state] could make or break the election,” Hill said. “To spend a couple of dollars to get on a flight to come back here, to get out and knock on doors and go around this city, to show them that I care for them just as much as they care for themselves, and show them that we need them, we need them, we need their voices, we need their communities to be better and things like that, it’s all worth it at the end of the day.”


Milwaukee Bucks guard George Hill tells NBA fans to use their voice on US election day

Hill wore a shirt with the message ‘VOTE’ and a Bucks logo plus a mask with the message ‘Votes Count In the 414’ as he walked through several blocks in various neighbourhoods with a group that included Bucks senior vice president Alex Lasry. Milwaukee’s area code is 414.

They occasionally would greet residents at their homes or stop people walking or driving by them. Hill would ask whether they had voted and would remind them of the importance of voting.

“I am not here to say vote for one side of the other,” Hill said. “But I am here to say ‘use your voice and vote’. Our ancestors, our fathers and things like that fought for this right. You should take advantage of it and get out and vote and use it.”

Hill made this visit nearly two months after he and his Bucks team-mates opted against playing a first-round playoff game with the Orlando Magic to protest the shooting by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin, of Jacob Blake. The Bucks’ decision led to an NBA-wide postponement of playoff games.

Milwaukee Bucks guard George Hill reads a statement following the players' decision to boycott their playoff game against the Orlando Magic


Milwaukee Bucks players Sterling Brown and George Hill read out a statement after boycotting their match against Orlando Magic

Now that the season is complete and Hill is out of the playoff bubble at Walt Disney World, he has continued doing community outreach through youth mentorship programs at his home in Texas as well as his work in Milwaukee.

Earlier this month, Hill was one of five NBA players to receive the NBA Community Cares Assist Award along with Sacramento’s Harrison Barnes, Boston’s Jaylen Brown, Oklahoma City’s Chris Paul and Dallas’ Dwight Powell.

“You always try to figure out different ways you can strike change and be accounted for,” Hill said. “When I first got to the NBA, Coach Pop [Gregg Popovich] told me one thing that always stuck with me, is how do you put your whole fingerprints on the world and leave your mark.

“Sometimes you have to stand up for what is right, and sometimes that may be ruffling feathers and may be frowned upon by everyone else, but at the end of the day in your heart, knowing you are on the right side of history and knowing that you did the right thing, good or bad, you have to live with that.”

Hill and Common Ground were walking through Milwaukee neighbourhoods encouraging voting on the same day that President Donald Trump was scheduled to visit the Milwaukee suburb of Waukesha, an indication of Wisconsin’s importance in the upcoming election.

Trump won Wisconsin’s 10 electoral votes in 2016 after beating Hillary Clinton by under 23,000 votes out of nearly three million ballots cast.

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