NCAA’s March Madness tournament started off with a huge shocker. The University of Alabama-Birmingham embodied the essence of the tournament and claimed the first upset. They worked together to eliminate the third-seeded Iowa State. For those watching, you may have noticed the players wearing different colored shoes. They team did so with good intentions. By wearing the mismatched shoes, they team was able to raise awareness for the Alabama Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s of Alabama.
As part of a partnership with The Alabama Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s of Alabama, the Blazers have worn mismatched Nike sneakers to raise awareness and money for pediatric cancer throughout the 2014-2015 season.
Last season, head coach Jerod Haase and UAB adopted Elijah Seritt, a young fan who has been through two brain surgeries, 17 overall surgeries and two stem-cell transplants in a courageous battle against medulloblastoma, a form of brain cancer.
The idea to honor Elijah came to Coach Haase prior to a game in Spain last August, when he noticed a player on one of the Spanish teams wearing mismatched sneakers.
From Kicksologists, we salute the UAB Men’s Basketball Team and will be rooting for them along the way. By winning and continuing the journey, the exposure and awareness will be raised to another level. They will face off with UCLA on Saturday, March 21, 2015. Keep your eyes on the Nikes and the players to make some noise.