KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Three members of Kansas City’s Big Brothers Big Sisters are being recognized for their designs used to create shoes for Chiefs L’Jarius Sneed.
Sneed will wear custom and special shoes in the upcoming home game against the Denver Broncos.
It’s part of the ‘My reason my cleats’ campaign, where the NFL features players in sneakers promoting the movement, charity or organization.
“I feel really honored, surprised and proud of myself that I did it and that I was chosen to do it,” said Sandivel Lomeli-Cano, 17.
FOX4 met with Sandivel Lomeli-Cano and 4th grader Yasmin Hunter, two of the three chosen to create Cleats worn by Sneed, Thursday afternoon.
Individual designs were incorporated for this final product.
Covered in flames and waves with “hello” in the front and “goodbye” in the back. Meaningful message.
“The waves can knock you down, pressure your friends, take your breath away, all those pressures are weighing on you. Once the sea calms down, you can swim back,” says Cano.
“She told me that day that it represented freedom. It’s not just about painting her about pushing, it’s about trying to get her out of her shell,” said Hunter’s mother, Erica Rose. “Fourth graders don’t usually do things like that.”
Sneed previously partnered with the organization to create the L’Jarius Sneed Dream Foundation, which gives kids the chance to do the things they love without the financial worries.
“Kids, that was the first thing I did, you know, just to help them,” Sneed said in a video from the Chiefs. “I didn’t have that when I was a kid, so I always wanted to give it back to the kids.”
After the match, these special and custom shoes will be auctioned off.
The money raised will go to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kansas City.
“It just honestly gives us an opportunity to share the need for our program and share the need to have more Bigs and Littles sign up so we can be more supportive through the community.” Director of Marketing, Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Kansas City, says Kristi Hutchison.
See other players’ reasons and causes here.
https://fox4kc.com/sports/chiefs/meet-the-young-designers-behind-ljarius-sneeds-sunday-game-cleats/ The designer behind L’Jarius Sneed’s shoes