The NBA All-Star Game always brings fun ways for athletes to interact with communities in the host city. Both Team LeBron and Team Giannis donated time and money in the Charlotte area, but Joel Embiid worked with some kids from Philadelphia on the kicks he wore in Sunday night’s 68th annual event.
Embiid worked with Under Armour and the Philadelphia Boys and Girls Club to design a custom PE of Under Armour Anatomix Spawns with the help of some Philadelphia schoolchildren. Embiid worked with Kreative Custom Kicks and a handful of children from the local Boys and Girls Club to come up with a design that paid tribute to the city he calls home.
The design includes the Club’s motto, Great Futures Start Here, as well as a number of Philadelphia landmarks and symbols of the city, like LOVE Park, the U.S. Constitution and the City of Brotherly Love. The initials of every child who helped design the shoes appear on the PE as well.
“It means everything that I’ll be lacing up shoes for the 2019 NBA All-Star Game with a special piece of Philly included,” Embiid said in a statement.
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Got the opportunity to team up with @underarmour and @dezcustomz to create a custom pair of UA Spawns designed by a great group of kids from @bgcphila for the big guy @joelembiid to rock in tonight’s All Star Game! #kreativecustomkicks #dezcustomz #allstar2019 #underarmour #uabasketball #spawn
Seriously, this is pretty adorable.
It’s a cool gesture by Embiid and a really special pair of kicks to commemorate what’s becoming an annual tradition for Embiid — a trip to the All-Star Game.