Ball Don't Lie

LeBron James is auctioning sneakers to benefit Newtown families

Eric Freeman
Ball Don't Lie

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LeBron James signs the sneakers up for auction (via SCPAuctions.com).

The nation has attempted to comfort the city of Newtown, Conn., in various ways after the tragic Dec. 14 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School. While the most high-profile efforts have failed, such as the gun control bill blocked by filibuster last week, individual citizens remain committed to helping out in any way they can.

Miami Heat star LeBron James is one of that group, having decided to auction off a pair of game-worn sneakers to benefit the families victimized by the shootings. From the Associated Press:

The sneakers he wore in Miami's game against Washington on Dec. 15 — one day after the tragedy in Newtown, Conn., where 20 first-graders and six educators were killed — are up for grabs in an online auction that runs through Saturday.

Proceeds will benefit the Newtown Memorial Fund, through the LeBron James Family Foundation.

James' signature is on one of the shoes, and an inscription of "vs. Wizards 12/15/12 Never forget!!" is on the other. The auction is expected to generate at least $5,000.

The auction closes on Saturday night at 9 p.m. EDT. As of this writing, the bidding is up to $6,050 with more than a day remaining. Take a look or get involved in the auction at SCPAuctions.com.

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A closer look at LeBron's inscription on the sneakers (via SCPAuctions.com).

LeBron has been a divisive player for many reasons throughout his career, but he has always maintained a strong commitment to charity work and promoting the importance of fatherhood. This auction is an extension of those efforts.

On Sunday, James and the rest of the Heat will attempt to finish a first-round sweep of the Milwaukee Bucks at 3:30 p.m. EDT.

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