LeBron James auctioning off game worn sneakers for his I Promise School
Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James has donated his game-worn shoes to charity in the past, and it seems that trend lives on.
According to a report from TMZ, James is continuing to sell off his game-worn shoes to back his I Promise School in Akron, Ohio. Traditionally, one of the shoes in the pair goes to the patron, while the other is placed on the “Wall of Shoes” at the school. Buyers will be given the opportunity to personalize a plaque to go with the display, and proceeds from the sales will go directly toward helping fund school programs and initiatives.
One well-known athlete has already taken part in this charitable effort. PGA Tour star Bubba Watson shelled out cash for a pair of shoes the Lakers star, then with the Cavs, wore during the 2017 NBA Finals, according to TMZ.
“We can see the positive change that LeBron is creating in his hometown,” Watson said, via TMZ, “and I am happy to support such an important initiative that continues to impact countless lives in the community.”
Last year, James donated 800 pairs of his signature shoes to students at the I Promise School. 10 different colorways of the LeBron 16 were handed out, including the “Remix,” “Four Horsemen,” “Harlem Stage,” “MPLS” and “Medicine Ball” variants.
James and the Lakers clinched the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference with a win over the Utah Jazz earlier this month, marking the first time in 10 years that the team has achieved such a feat. Los Angeles will close out their regular season campaign with a matchup against the Sacramento Kings on Thursday. Tip-off inside the NBA’s bubble complex is set for 1:30 p.m. ET.