Kick’n it For a Cause is, “Uniting people through the love of sneakers, pop-culture and community service”. To see those words come to life right in front of my eyes last night was nothing short of amazing. The Kick’n It Team and my fam over at Everett and Jones BBQ planned the 1st ever Kick’n It For a Cause Comedy Show featuring comedian Tony Roberts with proceeds going toward the Kick’n It Design Academy. The Kick’n It Design academy is a not-for-profit program that provides underprivileged kids with the resources necessary to pursue careers in sneaker and apparel design. It was such a blessing to have Tony perform for Kick’n It For a Cause because back in 2010 before Kick’n It was even conceptualized, Steph and I watched Tony perform right there on that very same stage. He was hilarious and he’s been one of my favorite comedians ever since! That’s one of those examples of how life comes full circle. I remember the late, Jimmy V saying that, “if you laugh, you think and you cry that’s a full day”. I think it’s safe to say Tony helped everyone who came out accomplish that goal. To top it off, he cancelled his scheduled PAID event to perform for us because he’s just as passionate as we are about giving back to kids in the community.
The vibe in the room was amazing! We wanted to create an intimate and comfortable environment because the people in that room last night have been part of my Oakland family for 8 years. Naturally, Everett and Jones BBQ was the perfect venue because that’s the spot I bring everyone I know. I’m still in awe that people are willing to take the time out of their extremely busy schedules to support our vision. Over the past few years, I’ve been really disappointed in the way sneakers are being made. Basketball sneakers are great for on court performance but there are very few you can rock with jeans. I’m not a basketball player so if my kicks don’t look good in jeans they serve me no purpose and I’m not alone in that opinion. What’s crazier to me, is that there are artistically talented kids all over the world who love to draw their dream sneakers in their notebooks. The sad part is that the large majority of those kids don’t know that their artistic talent can be turned into a career or if you’re from a place like where I’m from, it could be “your way out”. Instead of continuing to complain about these issues, Kick’n it decided to something about it. Sneaker designer @FBCCbayarea hopped on stage inspired all of us with what he’s accomplished in designing and creating his own kicks. We’ll be collaborating with him and some of the top designers around the country to provide kids with the resources to live out their dreams. Last night, we raised over $10,000 to go toward the development of the Kick’n It Design Academy and every donation no matter how large or small was beyond appreciated.
To cap off last night, there was a special impromptu moment that I will never forget that came from a truly amazing woman, Ayesha Curry. Ayesha has been like a sister to me and over the years we’ve been able to witness one another grow into the people we are today. When she grabbed the mic and stood up on stage in front of everyone just to show love to me was an unbelievable moment.
There were so many other people in the building who ALWAYS show love to Kick’n It. DJ-DSharp, the official Warriors DJ, without question or 2nd thought always DJ’s any event that I do. He’s also another guy, I’ve had a chance to watch blossom since I’ve been in Oakland. He’s my favorite DJ in the Bay Area. Once again thank you to Everett and Jones BBQ, you guys have been amazing to me and I’m so excited to collaborate on future events. Thank you to everyone who came out and supported Kick’n It For A Cause, I appreciate ya’ll so much.
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To make a donation to the Kick’n It Design Academy which provides resources for underprivileged kids to pursue careers and in sneaker and apparel design , click the link below! Every Donation no matter how large or small is HUGE! THANK YOU!