Spiros Velliniatis

Basketball coach

Spyros Velliniatis is a basketball coach who often coaches teams at degraded city areas, such as the children’s basketball team “Tris Asteres” of the Kato Patissia area. Having studied Ethnology and Linguistics he moved on to learn the basics of African Languages allowing him to communicate with African families, spot talents from Africa and integrate them in the teams he coaches. He is the coach who also spotted Giannis Antetokounmpo, who’s already having a career in the most powerful basketball championship in the world, the US NBA.

He pursued his studies in the USA and Germany and he has attended classes of Turkology and Sociology at the Panteion University of Greece.