Sneaker Moments: Professional Athletes Memorializing The Victims Of Sandy Hook Elementary School

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There are a lot of sneaker moments that can be talked about or written about, but very few, if any, are born out of tragedy. One of the more recent moments in sneaker history to happen was birthed due to the extremely unfortunate and horrific incident in Newton, Connecticut at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

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On December 14th, 2012, 20 children and 6 staff members of the school lost their lives in one of the deadliest school shootings in United States history. In the days following the incident, professional athletes across all platforms inscribed messages of hope, faith, admiration, and even the victim’s names on game worn shoes in remembrance of those who lost their lives that day.

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NBA Stars Kevin Durant, LeBron James, and Dwayne Wade, as well has NFL Stars Chris Johnson and Victor Cruz all scribed messages on game worn shoes to memorialize what happened in Newton that day. Some stars, such as LeBron James, later auctioned off those game worn shoes and the proceeds went toward the families of the victims of the tragedy.

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This sneaker moment is not of the garden variety due to the horrific events that brought it to be, but it is certainly viable because of the attention the sneakers got and what they ultimately did towards helping the local community of Newton, Connecticut to heal. It may come off as a very small gesture to some, but it showed the world that even professional athletes felt sadness and remorse for those whom the tragedy affected by using sneakers as the platform to deliver those messages.


To help the families affected, please go here to donate anything you can.








References via NY Daily News and SN


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