King of Hearts! LeBron James Launches Shoe for Disabled Athletes

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Even LaVar Ball would agree this is the real legacy LeBron James should be leaving for his sons and daughter–helping those that need it the most.

And King James did just that with today’s launch of Nike 10 Soldier FlyEase sneaker–designed to cater to special needs kids of all ages–in Cleveland.

How?

The kicks were the brainchild of 12-year-old Matthew Walzer, who penned a letter to Nike CEO in 2012 describing how difficult it is tying his shoes because of his cerebral palsy. Nike revamped the shoe to include a zipper all the way around to get in and out easily.

Kids from the Cleveland Clinic Hospital for Rehabilitation were given their very own FlyEases’ by LeBron today at the Cavs practice facility. LeBron emphasized the impact the kicks would have on independence and performance.

“It’s about us empowering every kid and everybody to understand that we are all athletes,” James said. “Sport, in general, should never be taken away from any kid.”

 

 

Man Candy Monday | LeBron James,Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul Team Up for Flint

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They may be rivals on the hardwood, but off the court NBA power forwards–LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul–are teaming up to help Flint get clean water.

The ballers hooked up with an online organic store–Thrive Market to donate bottled water and nutritious food to those affected by the Flint water crisis.

LeBron, Chris Paul, and Carmelo Anthony partnered with Thrive Market to send a special delivery to the residents of Flint, Michigan. I PROMISE

Posted by LeBron James Family Foundation on Monday, February 22, 2016

Please continue to support the residents of Flint. LeBron, Melo and I partnered with Thrive Market to donate water and access to nutritious food over the coming months to the families who have been affected.

Posted by Chris Paul on Monday, February 22, 2016

But nothing tops 7-year-old Isiah Britt’s contribution to the water-plagued city. The Gainesville, Virginia res was just as sympathetic as the rest when he learned about the Flint water crisis (despite the lack of media coverage, Flint is still hurting.) from his parents.

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The pre-teen was all set to send water to Eisenhower Elementary in Flint, until he learned the kids were more in need of hand sanitizer. Because need clean water to wash their hands. Duh? It’s kind of a no-brainer when you think about it.

After finding out how much hand sanitizer he would need for each, Isiah set up a GoFundMe account with a goal of $500. Once that was reached Isiah raised the bar–he wanted to provide hand sanitizer dispensers to every elementary school in Flint.

The kid’s lofty goal paid off. He raised over $10,000. More than enough hand sanitizer dispensers for each school along with refills and disinfectant wipes.

“That was the best day of my life, trying to help a different school,” Isiah told WTVR. “It doesn’t matter if you’re small. It doesn’t mean you can’t do big things.”

I think this is just one of the big things Isiah will do.

 

Feel Good Friday | Shape-Ups, Stories and Scholarships

barber_0_1439548519Summer may be coming to an end ( say it ain’t so) but looking fierce for the first day of school just got more interesting.

An Iowan barber offered the best back-to-school special around: free haircuts to kids that read to him.

Courtney Holmes told Power 105.1 the free promotion is to help the community of Dubuque, Iowa prepare for the upcoming school year.

And as for the eight minute stories as payment?

“I just want to support kids reading,” Holmes said in a statement.

He’s not the only one. King James announced he’s working with University of Akron to sponsor 1,100 full college scholarships through his Family Foundation. The kids are required to complete the “I Promise” program of the foundation–vowing to maintain good grades and attendance, give back to the community–before getting the free ride.

The children range from the third to seventh grades in the program. Current seventh graders are likely to take advantage of LeBron picking up the $9500 tuition tab, if the promise is kept.

Nick Cannon, Neyo and Timbaland Help Boys and Girls Clubs of America Sound the Alarm

photo courtesy: look to the stars

photo courtesy: look to the stars

Boys and Girls Club alumni took over Times Square this past weekend to sound the alarm about the club’s new campaign: Great Futures. It aims to reinforce the idea that “when school’s out, clubs are in.” The day party was hosted by the oldest teenager in the world, sorry Dick Clark, Nick Cannon and Neyo and young club entertainers performed. But music producer Timbaland stole the show by whipping out a $1 million check to the BGCA org through his–and wife Monique Mosley’s–Always Believing Foundation.

Image Courtesy: Look to the stars

Image Courtesy: Look to the stars

The foundation’s goal to encourage youth to be a voice in their community matches BGCA Great Futures campaign to provide a safe and engaging place for kids to be their best selves.

Endorsing that message was Yankess star CC Sabathia, Olympic icon Jackie Joyner-Kersee, singer Estelle and “The Talk’s” Adrienne Bailon who made an appearance with thousands of others at the Crossroads of the world.

The festivities weren’t confined to the big apple, boys and girls clubs across the nation were celebrating the new initiative to emphasis after-school programs.

Virtual celeb supporters included Lebron James, Kelly Rowland, Ashanti and Michael Phelps that took to their social media to show support. Kelly posted this pic on her Facebook page.

Photo Courtesy: Kelly Rowland Facebook

Photo Courtesy: Kelly Rowland Facebook

“When the 3PM school bell rings, 15 million    kids in      America have no place to go. But just    like me, you can  help! Open the door for  America’s Kids…”

Now through Sept. 15, all donations made to Great Futures campaign will be matched dollar for dollar, to donate click here

FASHION FRIDAY: Savannah James, Wife of LeBron James, Hosts Second Annual Prom Promise Event I Actor Jason Weaver Promotes Tees Benefiting South Sudan Survivors

Savannah James caters to  50 girls dress needs with Prom Promise Event in Akron, OH.  Image Courtesy: Facebook

Savannah James caters to 50 girls dress needs with Prom Promise Event in Akron, OH.
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The penultimate glam milestone in a girl’s life is finding the dress memorable enough to recall prom at a future granddaughters’ request. And not only did Mrs.  LeBron James aka Savannah James hook up 50 lucky Akron, Ohio girls with pretty frocks, she  loaned them her stylist for the second annual Prom Promise event (associated with LeBron James Family Foundation.)  Stylist Alicia had a one-on-one consultation with each girl and gave a lecture on personal style and confidence.

Alicia giving ladies style tips. Image Courtesy: Facebook

Alicia giving ladies style tips.
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Cleveland.com reported Savannah established the Prom Promise event to boost young girls self-esteem and give  prom preparation to those in need. She released this statement:

I know how challenging life can be for young girls trying to find their way in high school, so this is a way for me to really connect with them during a special time in their lives and encourage them to embrace their beauty, knowledge and strength. LeBron and I are blessed to be in a position to give back to our hometown, and I feel a responsibility to help others comes with that. I believe strongly in empowering others, and, through this event, I hope to boost these girls’ self-esteem and give them confidence that they can be anything they want to be if they work hard and believe.

savannahdresses   Not only will the lucky ladies go home with a new dress, but Savannah also threw in Beats By Dre Headphones and an I Promise souvenir wristbands modeled after what NBA superstar LeBron James wears. Savannah takes Prom Promise event to Miami in April. To donate gently used or brand new dresses to the event send them to LRMR Management Offices 3800 Embassy Parkway, Suite 360, Akron, Ohio, 44333.

FASHION FRIDAY: Actor Jason Weaver dished on his designer friend’s new line of T-shirts that are raising awareness for the civil war in Sudan. Any tee’s purchased from this website, 10% of money will go towards “Joining Hands for South Sudan,” an org that doles out basic necessities  to women and children affected by the war.

teeshirt Here’s what Jason wrote on his Instagram about the T-shirt designer:

I wanted to take some time out to inform y’all of something that I think is pretty important and a worthy cause. Check it out.. My good friend and brother @de3ng has started a campaign to raise awareness about the civil war occurring in his homeland of Sudan. Deng is an amazing brother who has triumphed over many obstacles in his life prior to him coming to the United States and he is now a respected figure in the ATL fashion community.