OAKLAND, Calif. – The Golden State Warriors has a huge fan base made up of many Filipino-Americans and to recognize that support the Warriors hosts an annual Filipino Heritage Night.
Filipino culture is represented throughout the night through food, t-shirts, and performances.
But there is one Filipino American in the middle hosting the party and bringing the energy.
Franco Finn aka “Freestyle Franco” is a San Francisco native who’s at every Warrior home game introducing the starting lineup and keeping the fans engaged and entertained.
For the past 11 years, Franco never takes for granted the amazing opportunities he has been offered during his career.
“Being the hype man for this place is really a dream come true,” said Franco. “It’s just amazing. I’m a Golden State Warriors fan ever since I could remember and now I get to say I pass by this building and say “wow, do I really get almost 20,000 fans here hyped up on their feet? It’s an amazing experience.”
Fans can find Franco all over the arena entertaining the crowd with contests and leading the chants when the game is on the line.
“You need someone to prompt them in the fourth quarter especially when those times are rough and we need the crowd’s energy because these players feed off of it,” said Franco. “They need someone to get the place hyped and that’s the challenge. You have to really dig deep within and hopefully my energy is contagious and I try to get it going. And when we’re winning like we are now it makes my job a little easier.”
Franco says that Filipinos are a big part of all the excitement and fun at Warrior home games.
“I’m proud to be a Filipino American and yes, we are celebrating tonight Filipino Heritage Night but every Warrior home game 24/7, 365 days a year it’s Filipino Heritage Night for the Warriors period,” said Franco. “We love our hoops. We love our team. We are smart basketball fans. We’re passionate fans and I’m just an extension of that.”
So how does France goes out every Warrior home game and perform in front of more than 20,000 fans? What gets the hyped man hyped up?
“I’m a true fan. I love what I do and I do what I love and that’s what really keeps me going,” said Franco. “And just like any rock star performer who’s on stage in front of people, arenas – they feed off the crowd. This crowd is the best fans in the NBA and I’m not just saying that but these fans know it. They get it. It goes back and forth.”
Franco plans to continue to hype up arguably the best fans in the NBA and he is currently working toward producing his own television talk show in the future.
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