Part two brings new faces and basketball front and center just in time for All-Star weekend. The fun starts with Caleb McLaughlin and Offset battling it out on NBA Jam while Quavo spins a basketball and TakeOff shoots for a garbage can three.
January ushers in a fresh start each and every year, but it also affords us the opportunity to reflect and remember Dr. Martin Luther King JR. Annual basketball releases from Nike and Adidas drop in commemoration of MLK Day and Black History Month with themes dedicated to the civil activist’s teachings. Lets take a look at our top-10 favorite MLK/BHM hoops shoes in celebration of Martin Luther King Day!
10. Nike Kobe 9 Elite; 2015
Black and white goes with everything, don’t @ us. Nike’s execution on the Kobe 9 Elite High was insane, every inch of the shoe has something going on without being too busy. Two-tone Flyknit across the upper offers a new look with every step. The shoe’s boxing inspired design was an acquired taste, but for those lucky enough to have owned a pair can attest to their unparalleled feel on the court.
“My story is what happens when a girl with Down syndrome survives cancer.”
This holiday season, the Finish Line Youth Foundation is partnering with Special Olympics to raise funds in stores andonline to support unstoppable athletes like Hanna Atkinson.
From Littleton, Colorado, 23-year-old Hanna is a cyclist whose passion takes her beyond sport. She is an avid speaker who gave the commencement speech at her high school graduation. In the past, she’s been a contributor to ABC Denver 7 and was awarded the Heartland Broadcast Emmy for her segment “More Alike than Different.”
As a cancer survivor, she is passionate about spreading the message of health. In 2017, she was selected as a Special Olympics International Health Messenger to educate fellow athletes on becoming their best in sport and life. This year, she was areporter for Channel Kindness, a sector of Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation. She highlights acts of kindness to inspire a kinder and braver world. A few months ago, Hanna was selected to be a Sargent Shriver International Global Messenger for the next five years.
When she’s not competing or speaking, she is building a health business to inspire joy, acceptance and empowerment in memory of her brother. She is also a hostess at Olive Garden and volunteers. Watch Hanna’s incredible life storyhere.
2018 was a year to remember, but to bring in 2019, we want to have show stopping style top of mind. What better way to ring in the new year then wearing some kicks that stand out. Check out all of our favorite footwear will keep you shining once the clock strikes 12!
Who wants to get #boosted by @Migos and @DjDurel? This is your chance to get a closet full of adidas Boost. All you have to do is keep an eye out for our IG Stories. If you see the video of Takeoff and DJ Durel, comment on that Story telling us your shoe size and what you would name your Boost Collection.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year… for dope kicks. The month of December typically holds some of the season’s hottest releases and 2018’s been no different. Drops from top brands like Adidas, Nike and Puma compete for present supremacy as consumers seek the perfect holiday gifts for friends and family. The basketball category particularly hosts some fierce competitions on the hardwood and the sale sheets for the best kicks of the NBA’s Christmas Day lineup. December 25th features the league’s best teams and players in an all-day extravaganza that gets viewers excited for what shoes their favorite players are wearing. Since the 2009-10 season Nike and Adidas have released dedicated Christmas kicks based off of what the pros wear. It’s always a wonderful thing when consumers can purchase the exact same pairs on the feet of players like LeBron, D-Rose and Kobe because it allows fans to own a little piece of holiday history. Today we’re ranking our top-10 Christmas themed hoops kicks of the last decade. Check out our list and let us know online which pair is your favorite!
“I am a man living with autism, not an autistic man.”
This holiday season, the Finish Line Youth Foundation is partnering with Special Olympics to raise funds in-stores andonline to support unstoppable athletes like Tyler Lagasse.
Tyler is a 32-year-old Massachusetts native who has competed in Special Olympics since 2003 and is a 12-time golf champion at regional, state and national levels. He also has an honorary ESPY award from ESPN. In 2007, he became a Global Messenger, a position held by a select group of world-class athletes from around the globe to help spread the inclusive message of Special Olympics. “Special Olympics has allowed me to write a story about myself,” said Tyler. “I’ve grown up with Special Olympics and learned a lot about inclusion, discipline, respect, sportsmanship and how to set goals. I’ve used those skills in life and the real world.”
He is a graduate of Middlesex Community College and currently pursuing a degree in earth, environmental and atmosphere science at MASS-Lowell. He enjoys writing and is the co-author of a book titled, “What Do You Say? Autism with Character.” Tyler is a TEDx speaker; check out his talk called theGift of Autism here.
Tyler also loves drawing, cycling, watching sports and movies. You can follow his adventures onFacebookandInstagram.
It’s the best time of year to get you and yours the freshest style and we have everything you’ll need to keep the holiday spirit shining. Whether you’re going off a wish list or want to surprise someone with the latest, here are some of our favorites to help you out while you shop.
“I don’t ever want your pity; rather I need your respect.”
This holiday season, the Finish Line Youth Foundation is partnering with Special Olympics to raise funds in stores andonline to support unstoppable athletes like Andrew Peterson.
Andrew, a 25-year-old marathoner and decorated Special Olympics athlete born with fetal alcohol syndrome, has found his voice and passion as seen here on hisESPN SportsCenter feature.
Competitive running is Andrew’s first love. Over the past three years, he won his first 5k and completed 12 half-marathons and 8 full marathons. Becoming a member of the elite running community in Indianapolis has not been easy, but Andrew has worked to gain respect and show other runners he can keep up. He’s earned the nickname, “No Limits Andrew.”
Andrew is an incredibly accomplished athlete who has won more than 50 gold medals from state competitions and 4 golds from national competition. He’s also one of the few Special Olympics athletes to qualify for theBoston Marathon.
Next year, he’s World Games-bound to Abu Dhabi, where he’ll compete in track and field. The 2019 Games will be hosted in the Middle East/North Africa region for the first time since the movement’s founding over 50 years ago. The Crown Prince Court led the winning bid efforts with a mission to promote positive social change for people with intellectual disabilities and create a more inclusive society.
Advocating and speaking on the importance of inclusion is a passion of Andrew’s. He’s been a keynote speaker many times including at Finish Line’s Annual Meeting, Butler University, Law Enforcement Torch Run International Conference and more.Check out a speech of his here. Follow Andrew’s historic running journey on hisFacebook.