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Nike Gave Four Pairs Of Custom Air Jordan Spiz’ikes To A Grieving Colorado Family Recently

Submitted by on April 18, 2013 – 10:25 amNo Comment

You can criticize Nike all you want for releasing this shoe or that shoe (or, more often, for not releasing this shoe or that shoe) but a recent story about the Swoosh will definitely warm your heart. A couple of months ago, a Colorado woman named Jimica Perea became a widow when her husband Hondo Morales died unexpectedly. But her husband wasn’t the only thing that she lost. Shortly after Morales passed away, someone broke into Perea’s car and stole 15 pairs of Air Jordan sneakers that belonged to Morales. He reportedly had a pretty extensive Air Jordan collection that he had left to his children, and Perea was transporting them when some heartless thieves decided to take them from her vehicle. So she started a petition in order to try and get Morales’ oldest son a custom pair of Nikes to honor his dad.

Recently, Nike heard about Perea’s story as a result of the petition and decided that they wanted to help. But they wanted to do more than just provide one custom pair for the family. Instead, they went ahead and created four custom pairs of Air Jordan Spiz’ikes for the family. Each of the sneakers features Morales’ initials embroidered on them as well as the words “RIP Dad.” Perea says that her children will wear the sneakers so that they’ll always have a piece of him with them. You can check out her entire story in the video below:

This is obviously a great move for Nike to make. For a lot of people out there, like Morales, sneakers are a way of life. Fathers and sons wear matching pairs and use sneakers as a way of connecting. So, it’s nice to see that the children that Morales and Perea had will still get the chance to be connected to their father in some way, even though his father in no longer alive. Kudos to Nike for giving them that opportunity and kudos to all those who helped spread the word about  Perea and her family that made this possible. Even though this story sounded like a tragedy a couple months back, it has a happy ending now. And that’s all that really matters.

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