Shoes for Hoops and Hope

UVA basketballers teamed up with UVA Children's cancer patients to paint game-ready gear for a good cause.

The Painting Party—a Shoes for Hope initiative organized by UVA fourth-year student Ben Herold— occurred in December. During the event, players and coaches from UVA’s Women’s and Men’s Basketball teams helped some talented and courageous UVA Children’s oncology patients customize 27 pairs of Nike Air Force Ones donated by the University’s Nike coordinator.

UVA coaches later sported these works of art during Men’s and Women’s home basketball games in January. It was part of an annual Coaches vs. Cancer partnership between the National Association of Basketball Coaches and the American Cancer Society.

The customized hoops shoes were up for auction during UVA Children’s annual Week of Giving, May 1-5. This included pairs worn and signed by UVA’s Head Men’s Basketball Coach Tony Bennett, Head Women’s Basketball Coach Amaka “Mox” Agugua-Hamilton, President Jim Ryan, and Athletic Director Carla Williams.

head coaches stand on the sidelines in their painted shoes
UVA’s Head Women’s Basketball Coach Amaka “Mox” Agugua-Hamilton and Head Men’s Basketball Coach Tony Bennett wore the custom shoes during January home games. (Photos courtesy of UVA Athletics)
children sitting at tables painting shoes and smiling with UVA basketball players
UVA players, coaches, and pediatric cancer patients at the Shoes for Hope painting party in December. (Photos courtesy of Shoes for Hope, Reiley Emerson Photography)
UVA president Jim Ryan
UVA President Jim Ryan greeted some of the young cancer patients who attended the Men's Basketball game in January. (Photo courtesy of UVA Athletics)
shot of shoes on the basketball court
(Photo courtesy of UVA Athletics)

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