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.”

 

 

Kevin Durant Donates Time and Money to Oklahoma Tornado Relief Efforts

40 minutes. Less than an hour for mother nature to unleash a cyclone of ferocity that swept away lives, property and the small town of Moore, Oklahoma. In less than 48 hours, Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder was the first to step up relief efforts by donating $1 million dollars to the victims of the tornado.

As well as put boots on the ground. The hoop star visited a local Red Cross chapter….

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…to take donations.

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And helped Red Cross volunteers working at a food shelter pack up supplies.

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More importantly he’s inspired his employer–the NBA–to follow his lead by donating a matching $1 million dollar donation.

And convinced Nike to donate $1 million dollars worth of his merchandise to Okie victims. Including profits from his signature sneaker the Oklahoma City KD V Elites.

 

I don’t know about ya’ll but I think I’ve become a KD fan. Keep up the good work, man.

And, everyone, please continue to send support and prayers to Oklahoma residents effected by this devastating twister scientists characterize as being more powerful than the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima Japan during WWII. Wow…

To donate time and/or money to the Moore, Okla relief efforts please visit www.redcross.org/Donation or www.regionalfoodbank.com/HelpOK

Sources:

Red Cross Twitter

Buzzfeed