As you know, this weekend players around the major leagues, including the Cubs, will be wearing colorful jerseys with nicknames, celebrating Players Weekend.
Kris Bryant has taken this to a different level by having colorful cleats that are designed to call attention to Wings For Life, a charitable foundation that helps fund spinal cord research projects. KB has become friendly with Cory Hahn, a former All-American high school player who was paralyzed in 2011 while playing baseball at Arizona State.
Millions of people are currently dependent on a wheelchair after having sustained a spinal cord injury. Every year, at least 250,000 people sustain a spinal cord injury, followed by paralysis. To date, the Wings for Life Foundation has funded 170 spinal cord research projects involving almost 500 scientists across 15 countries.
Each set of game cleats will honor one place in Bryant’s life, where he took “wings” toward his All-Star career.
Here’s the cleats KB will wear on Friday, honoring his hometown of Las Vegas:
These were designed by Joseph Perez, known as “Sentrock.”
Saturday, Kris will wear these, honoring his college days in San Diego. They were designed by artist JC Rivera:
And here are Kris’ cleats for Sunday, honoring his time in Chicago, designed by Chicago native Max Sansing:
You can read more about the cleats and how they were designed here. Thanks to Paul Yoffe, Adidas and the Wings for Life foundation for the photos and info.