LeBron James Raised More Than $27,000 For The Newtown Memorial Fund By Signing One Pair Of Sneakers
Like all NBA players—and all athletes, for that matter—LeBron James was shaken up by the tragic shooting that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, CT back in December. He talked about the tragedy at length after it occurred and said that it helped him put things in his life back into perspective.
“Basketball,” he said, “this is nothing. These games are nothing compared to when you have a tragedy like that. It sucks that sometimes you need a tragedy to put things back in perspective, to appreciate what you have. But it does that to people. It’s unfortunate that you have to have something like that to understand what’s really important and some things that aren’t important at all. Family is the No. 1 important thing in life.”
At the time, he also said that he wanted to help out those people who were directly affected by the tragedy. So he wrote the words “NEWTOWN, CT” all over the sneakers that he wore in the Miami Heat‘s first game after the tragedy took place and vowed to autograph them and auction them off later for charity. He followed through on his promise, too, and he ended up making a big difference.
Recently, the autographed Nike LeBron X that you see here was put up for auction and brought in a whopping $27,584. All the money raised will go directly towards helping the many families affected by the Newtown shooting. It will be donated to the Newtown Memorial Fund through the LeBron James Family Foundation and used to help those who need it. It’s definitely a nice gesture on LeBron’s part.
Truthfully, we wish more athletes would do stuff like this. Every piece of equipment that they use, including sneakers, jerseys, and headbands, is valuable. So we wish more of them would take advantage of that by holding auctions for their possessions. That money could do a lot of good and help those in places like Newtown. What do you say, guys? Who wants to hold an auction next?