DMC, Cauley-Stein Donate Kicks for Cause

DeMarcus Cousins and Willie Cauley-Stein took the value of an NBA game-worn shoe and gave it back to charities close to their hearts.
by Katie Cracchiolo
Digital Specialist

DMC and Team Aria

In a contest with the Phoenix Suns on March 25, 2016 Kings All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins capitalized on an opportunity to show his support in the fight against Epilepsy.

“I have a close friend with a daughter who was diagnosed with Epilepsy and battled seizures constantly during the first two years of her life,” Cousins said in a press release via the Epilepsy Foundation of Northern California (EFNC), adding that this issue hits home for him as a result.

March 26, 2016 was “Purple Day” – a day in which people come together to raise awareness for and educate others about the seizure disorder – so it’s only fitting that the big man toted #TeamAria and ‘End Epilepsy’ inscriptions on his shoes during the squad’s game the night before.

The shoes, along with other items donated by Cousins, were auctioned off to help raise money to support the EFNC’s programs dedicated to support, education and advocacy of one of the nation’s most common neurological disorders.

“I am honored to do anything I can to help promote Epilepsy awareness.”

Willie and Team Blake

It’s difficult not to notice Willie Cauley-Stein’s support for Blake Hundley, a young BBN fan who met his favorite player following a brain cancer diagnosis. Sacramento’s rookie befriended Blake and over time the two developed a special bond.

Most Kings fans may recognize the name from Cauley-Stein’s prominent neck tattoo, but in another tribute to his biggest fan, a designer out of Lexington painted a custom pair for the big man in memory of the nine-year-old who passed away last year.

“Most people know the story about Willie and little Blake,” Billy Hobbs of True Blue Customs told Kentucky reporters. “Willie sent me the shoes and said, ‘Hey let’s do a Team Blake.’”

Cauley-Stein wore the custom kicks in a contest against the Minnesota Timberwolves and donated them for auction. All proceeds will go to the Kosair Children’s Hospital, where Blake received his treatments.

“He genuinely cares,” Hobbs said, adding that he and the former Kentucky star hope to do this fundraiser for the hospital annually.



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