Giving Back Never Looked So Good

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You don’t have to be an NBA player to do your part for those in need. Basketball Couture is our new, court-ready T-shirt line that gives a shout out to some of the biggest cities in the game. You can find them on the backs of players across the NBA, including Toronto Raptors All-Star DeMar DeRozan and Memphis Grizzlies power forward Ed Davis. The Cleveland Cavaliers’ Tristan Thompson can also be seen wearing one, and for good reason, too: with the sale of every artist-designed garment, BALLnROLL sponsors a pair of gently used shoes. The kicks are then delivered to needy children in over 125 countries (including Kenya, Thailand and Nepal) by the anti-poverty organization Soles4Souls. Hitting a little closer to home, Basketball Couture shirts have also been donated to North American children’s hospitals to comfort our most important fans.
 
 

Check out the collection below, or head over to the the webshop to grab one (or two) for yourself. Giving back never looked so good. 

 
 

Big city dreams
Toronto is a city used to the hustle. For rap superstar Drake, it’s where he got his start at the bottom. For the Toronto Raptors, it’s the city that inspired their climb to the top of the Atlantic this season. It’s a city that’s destined to become the next world’s next major metropolis. This design honours the story of Toronto (and it’s a particular favourite of the local boy who made good, Tristan Thompson).

 
 

OKC goes electric
Oklahoma City, currently at the top of the Northwest, is home to some of the most die-hard fans there are—trust us, if anything, their recent mini-slump will only fan the flames higher. Featuring an artist’s interpretation of a panoramic view of the city’s skyline, this design puts the Founders Tower and the Oklahoma State Capitol building front and centre amidst a lightning storm.

 
 

Rep the defending champions
Just one more title and it’s a three-peat for the Miami Heat. Known for the black and white contrast between its gritty and glamorous districts, the essence of Miami is captured in this shadowy design.

 
 

Courting greatness
Toronto isn’t a city quite as divided as Miami, but every basketball player can relate to the importance of balancing their front and backcourts. Landmarks familiar to Toronto hoops fans that are present include the city’s famous CN Tower and the Air Canada Centre (home of the Raptors).

 
 

What’s right is right
Next time you’re about to cop a new pair of the latest kicks, consider the message behind this particular design. This T-shirt is the signature of this collection’s charity aspect. The designer chose to depict a youngster playing basketball—with only one shoe—as a reminder of Soles4Souls’ mission to help children. The illustration is entitled Tzedek, or Hebrew for “what is right.” As in, “it is the right of every kid to own a pair of shoes.”

Can’t find your favourite city? Don’t worry—the next collection is dropping soon, featuring more places, more art and more giving.

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