NBA icon Shaquille O’Neal has “shocked” Eric Kilburn Jr. with an incredible gesture, calling the Michigan teenager to assist out along with his shoe downside.
The boy, 14, made the headlines in March when his mom described how the soccer prospect, who wears measurement 23, had issue discovering sneakers that match.
And O’Neal, who wears sneakers one measurement smaller than Kilburn, sympathized with the Flint native – whose struggles have led to everlasting toenail removing and ankle sprains.
The previous Los Angeles Lakers celebrity reached out to the boy a few weeks in the past, Eric informed Hometown Life.
And the next day, Reebok despatched him a number of pairs of customized sneakers made for Shaq that lingered within the producer’s stock.
“I used to be flabbergasted,” Kilburn stated of the cellphone name. “My soul left my physique for a second, I used to be so shocked.”
Kilburn stated O’Neal informed him his mother had additionally discovered it laborious to search out becoming sneakers for the would-be NBA Corridor-of-Famer again within the day.
The four-time NBA champion allegedly added he wished to get Eric costume sneakers from an acquainted shoemaker sooner or later.
The 5 pairs of 22s Kilburn obtained, though technically too small, reportedly have extra toe room than the sneakers the boy used to put on.
And judging by the latest Fb publish shared by his mother, Rebecca, the brand new kicks do really feel extra comfy.
“The blessings simply hold coming!” she wrote, including photos of her son with the brand new Rebook sneakers.
“Reebok- you’ve really touched our hearts, and made this child so very joyful!
“Reebok and Shaquille (sure Shaq!!! SO cool!!) had reached out saying that they wish to assist Eric be extra comfy whereas he’s ready for his customized sneakers, and that they’d just a few pairs of 22s made for Shaq of their stock that they wish to ship to Eric.
“The package deal simply arrived and he’s in shoe heaven!
“I quote: ‘Mother, I do not bear in mind attending to ever select what I wished to put on like this earlier than, there’s so many choices!’
“WOW. My coronary heart is overflowing seeing the enjoyment on his face….God is sweet, and so is Reebok!!”
Kilburn and O’Neal have related just a few extra occasions because the stunning cellphone name.
And the NBA legend has doubled down on his help for the boy.
“When him and I had been texting about sneakers, [Shaq] stated, ‘There’s rather more coming large man. Love you,’” Eric informed Hometown Life.
“That is the final word.”
Beneath Armour and Puma executives have stated they’ve additionally related with Kilburn, attempting to offer the younger soccer participant with comfy sneakers.