|29 November 2012|
|Marko Milic is currently the eighth-most capped Slovenian basketball player|
The biggest sporting event since the independence of Slovenia has its first volunteer with legendary Slovenian basketball player Marko Milic, named as ambassador of the volunteers.
"I played in six EuroBaskets and one FIBA World Championship with the Slovenian national team and I remember that the most important thing about the organisation of the tournaments was the people who worked there. They were the least burdened amongst all and always very helpful. Besides that, they always told us some anecdotes. Therefore, I am happy to offer my help in this important division for EuroBasket 2013," said the former swingman, who officially pulled on the national singlet 59 times, earning him the eighth most caps in his country's basketball history.
"It is a very responsible task to be a volunteer, because with that you represent your country to foreign visitors. It's important for everybody to see, that they can rely on the volunteers and that they have a sense of humor, so we can prove that Slovenians are not such reserved people, as some foreigners think of us," he said at the press conference announcing his appointment. He did not forget to mention an anecdote from the previous championships: "The volunteers also show the players the way to the locker rooms. Sometimes they even showed us the longer way. They thought that we might get tired for walking a few metres further. In the end we just laughed over it."
At the end of the press conference, "Milko" as he is fondly known in the basketball community, shared his opinion about EuroBasket 2013, as an event itself: "It's a bigger event than we can even imagine. Probably we will not see how important it is for Slovenia until it is over and the younger generations will get all enthusiastic about basketball. Our national team is composed of only players with positive characteristics and for them too it is a big thing."
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