If you thought that the holiday season, a time for giving and looking out for each other, would go by without a news story about Chance The Rapper coming through for the youth in Chicago with some amazing kind of gesture, then you clearly haven’t been paying attention. The rapper and hometown hero came through for 300 lucky kids in the Chicago area earlier this week, in providing them with highly sought after pairs of Air Jordan 11 Retro sneakers during one of his SocialWorks events.
As MTV reports, the incredibly kind gift came at Chance’s OpenMike event, a monthly creative gathering at Chicago’s Pritzker Auditorium which provides a safe space for high school students to share a 3-minute performance piece of their choice. The gift of a new pair of Jordan sneakers, especially in the city of Chicago, certainly make for an incredible early holiday gift. For many in attendance, like Nmiah Marsaw, it was the first time they have gotten the chance to own a pair of the iconic sneakers.
The Coloring Book singer is no stranger to providing the youth of his hometown with the confidence and tools they need to grow as individuals. Chance made headlines last year when he announced that he’d be donating $1 million to Chicago’s public schools, which was also matched by the Chicago Bulls (Michael Jordan’s old team) just a few weeks later.
The OpenMike events are named after a now-deceased mentor of Chance’s by the name “Brother Mike” Hawkins. 25 OpenMikes have taken place as of this week, and have provided over 5,000 Chicago teenagers with over 1,000 of their own performances in hopes of bringing the most out of the city’s next generation of artistically creative individuals.
On the anniversary of the passing of my mentor Brother Mike, @OpenMikeChicago had one of it’s best nights yet. Thanks to @Korporate00 for speaking and thanks to @Jumpman23 for bringing 300 pair of unreleased 11s for the young creatives. Until next year... POWER TO THE PEOPLE...— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) December 5, 2017