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Chicago Cubs Star Kris Bryant auctions his cleats


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In honor of Wings for Life, reigning National League MVP and World Series hero Kris Bryant recently shined a light on spinal cord research by allowing artists to customize three pairs of game footwear. Now you can bid on them through Charity Buzz, an online auction house that give fans unforgettable access to their interests and passions. Plus, every winning bid supports an incredible cause.

As background, Major League Baseball celebrated “Players Weekend,” inviting players to customize what they wear in games.  Kris Bryant allowed three Chicago street artists to customize three distinct pairs of Adidas Energy Boost Icon 3's with the theme of “Wings.” 

Spinal cord research is a cause near to Bryant because he is friends with Cory Hahn, a former All-American high school baseball player who was paralyzed sliding into 2nd base in 2011 while a freshman at Arizona State University. Spinal cord injury also touched former Dodgers and Hall of Fame legend Roy Campanella, who fractured the fifth and sixth cervical vertebrae and compressed the spinal cord in a car accident in 1958.

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Baseball, Art and Wings

Three Chicago street artists customized Bryant’s cleats to tell a deeper story about his path to the big leagues via Las Vegas, San Diego and Chicago, weaving in the theme of “Wings.” The inside sole of the cleats have a special touch: a Wings for Life mark.

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Bryant wore one pair per day against the Philadelphia Phillies over a three-day weekend and each pair had a theme of “Wings” to raise awareness for spinal cord research. The inside sole had the Wings for Life mark. Each pair also celebrated one of the three cities that have given Kris Bryant his wings in life - Las Vegas, San Diego and Chicago. Over the three games of the series, Kris Bryant went 4 for 11 with a homerun and a sizzling .364 average.
Each pair was autographed by the artist and an official Major League Baseball hologram sticker is on the back of each cleat as the certificate of authenticity.

Go to 
charitybuzz.com/KBcleats to see and bid on Kris Bryant’s cleats! Every donation goes to spinal cord research and will help us find a cure for spinal cord injuries. 

These are the shoes of the “Players Weekend” series 2017
To kick off the weekend, artist Joseph Perez – aka “Sentrock” – used inspiration from Bryant’s hometown of Las Vegas. “I knew a lot about Kris beforehand, so I mostly researched the Wings for Life Foundation, which he supports and is really doing inspiring work,” said Sentrock. “My motivation was to highlight the idea that when Kris is playing, he is in his wings. When I’m creating art, I’m finding my wings.”
Chicago Cubs Superstar Kris Bryant’s “Wings for Life” Cleats: Las Vegas Edition.

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Street artist JC Rivera took on the San Diego cleats, in honor of Bryant’s University of San Diego days when he became a nationally known name in the world of baseball. JC Rivera knew of Bryant already as a great baseball player and someone good for the Cubs and the community. He had customized gear before, but not for an athlete. “It’s exciting to know that Kris Bryant wore them in a game,” said Rivera. 
Chicago Cubs Superstar Kris Bryant’s “Wings for Life” Cleats: San Diego Edition.

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Artist Max Sansing focused on highlighting Bryant’s love for Chicago, where he has put down roots and gotten married. He made sure the wings were prominent on the shoe, as well as the Chicago star as a badge of honor for Kris’ work on and off the field in the city. “I had the idea of waves of blues representing the people of Chicago supporting Kris, layering waves of spray paint and masking out the wings and color rays,” Sansing said. 
Chicago Cubs Superstar Kris Bryant’s “Wings for Life” Cleats: Chicago Edition.

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Go to
charitybuzz.com/KBcleats to see and bid on Kris Bryant’s cleats! Every donation goes to spinal cord research and will help us find a cure for spinal cord injuries.