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Nike Created A Special LeBron X For A Teenager Who Suffers From Cerebral Palsy

Submitted by on November 26, 2012 – 5:31 pm4 Comments

Back in August, a high school student named Matthew Walzer wrote a letter to Nike CEO Mark Parker that caught his attention. In the letter, Matthew talked about how he suffers from Cerebral Palsy and how, as a result of it, he can do just about everything that he needs to do in his life except tie his own shoes. As you might imagine, this is something that Matthew is quite insecure about, as he often has to rely on his parents or his friends to tie his shoes for him. Something as simple as being able to tie your own shoes is something that you probably take for granted but, for Matthew, it’s something he struggles with everyday. And, as a result of it, he doesn’t have the most thorough sneaker game. There are a lot of sneakers he can’t wear because of the lacing systems that they have.

Nike was sympathetic to Matthew’s problem. So, they created a special Nike Hyperdunk 2012 for him to wear that featured straps as opposed to laces. This allowed Matthew to wear the sneakers everyday and to strap them up by himself. And, Nike recently decided that they weren’t going to stop there. They also just put together a special Nike LeBron X for Matthew that, like the Hyperdunk, features a strap across the front of it instead of laces. And, somewhat surprisingly, Nike did a really good job of keeping the integrity of the LeBron X intact while offering Matthew a better option for strapping his sneakers tightly.

Take a look at what Nike did here. Do you like what they came up with for the LeBron X? Furthermore, do you think Nike should offer sneaker options for other people out there who suffer from diseases like Cerebral Palsy? Or, at the very least, should they make it a feature that people can customize through NikeiD? We’re glad to see that Nike was receptive to Matthew’s needs, but we can’t help but think of all the other people that they could help, too. We hope they get around to doing it sometime in the near future.

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