As a kid, I remember being so excited for the 1st day of school! I wore a uniform, so my “school shopping” was always highlighted by the shoes that I chose for the school year. I am sure this was and still is the same excitement for most kids today! Though this sounds like the norm for many, there are many children and families that don’t have this same fortune.
Kicks 4 The City is a philanthropic organization that brings this fortune to the less fortunate in Chicago and other cities. Since the beginning of the program in 2012, Kicks 4 The City has collected 50,000 pairs of shoes and made monetary donations across Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, New Orleans, NYC, St. Louis and Washington DC.
This year, I was able to attend Kicks 4 The City’s 2nd annual AGORA Sneakerball. When I tell you it was lit… it was LIT! Imagine… looking fresh-to-def in the hottest formal attire and you get to wear sneakers on purpose?!? You KNOW I had to dab on THAT! I mean, the live music was on point, and the DJ was playing some of the hottest tracks that took me back to my college days to the dopest trap songs that gets the crowd moving! Anytime I hear “Girl you look good! Won’t you bag that ass up!” you can certainly count on me showing out! Swagging and surfing, electric sliding and footworking were DEFINITELY on the agenda, too.
There were even some celebrity sightings in the place! LaRoyce Hawkins, star of Chicago PD, was the host of the evening, and Jason Mitchell, Easy-E from Straight Outa Compton were certainly in the house! And you know I have to shout out my Soror, Dawn Hasbrouck of Fox News, Chicago.
The place was filled with intriguing art, great food, positive energy and many of the movers and shakers of Chicago. My homey, P. Scott, was in the building doing live art that was raffled off at the end of the night. They had many other cool raffles throughout the night, but my husband had his eye on the art of course. Do you know when they called the winning ticket, he was so sick to hear the number was only 4 tickets away from winning! That disappointment was all he talked about for the rest of the night.
Let me tell you, it’s truly a beautiful thing when young people come together for a great cause. Justin Johnson, founder of Kicks 4 The City, and his host committee did an outstanding job with the 2017 AGORA Sneakerball. It’s so amazing to see how one person’s vision can have such a positive footprint on the community. Bringing people together for an unforgettable night for such a cause is certainly beauty personified.