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  • Last year i was involved with our boys basketball team who was hosting a first ever Boys AA basketball provincials tournament on reserve I went to one if their practices and majority had shoes covered in duct tape, it took me by surprise but its life here for our kids who come from single parent homes or who are in care, I knew i needed to help through my organization we have 13 programs for boys and girls such as self esteem and body image as well as cultural camps.

    I myself sponsored our boys by purchasing 15 pairs of Nike N7 air max destiny basketball shoes for the team for "their" tournament to show native boys can ball too! I gave up my own pay cheque to pay for the shoes, no one knows how much effort or work that went into this sure i got criticism and hate from the so-called rep for our community but i did it for those boys!

    I made over several calls within Canada none had the shoe sizes I was looking for I was then told to call Nike.com they provided with 5 stores within the US only one called me back a store and an awesome Nike rep in San Marcos Texas i flew down used my own pay cheque and bought the shoes its been over a year and the hugs, hand shakes and tears from them still make it all worth it sure you get criticism by others who work in the same field but don't have the heart to full fill kids dreams such as basketball for some it was their outlet and whole world.

    The coach was i tears i can still picture him i made his team closer with shoes, I can say shoes changed my life, literally one of the boys i even had a chance to mentor, and help get him into his dream school he calls me magic Johnson and he is my prodigy! Makes me tear up thinking of him
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