As the NBA season gets set to start tonight, Nike is celebrating one of the league’s most beloved faces on the sideline: reporter Craig Sager.
Sager, known for his colorful can’t-miss attire, has been battling acute myleloid leukemia since 2014. While he hasn’t been well enough to continue reporting, Nike is making sure his presence is still felt. Tonight, beginning at 7 p.m., 100 pairs of a limited-edition SagerStrong Air Force 1 will go up for auction through Auction Cause and TNT/Bleacher Report.
The shoes have a paisley-print upper with brightly colored accents, reminiscent of one of Sager’s fearless courtside looks. Sager and his wife, Stacy, went to Nike with the idea of creating the shoes earlier this summer.
“Craig’s iconic style and passion for the game have made him a part of the culture of basketball in America,” says NikeiD global VP/GM Ken Dice. “We are honored that Craig and Stacy trusted us to help them tell their story through this product.”
A portion of the proceeds will benefit the SagerStrong Foundation, which supports families that are battling leukemia. There will be 100 individual lots for fans to bid on, and at the conclusion of the auction, information will be collected from winners to build the shoes in their desired size.
The auction will begin tonight at 7 p.m. ET and run through Nov. 4.
In August, DJ Khaled showed off a pair of Jordan Brand sneakers also honoring Sager — Khaled was the lucky owner of just one of two pairs made.
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