Michael, the nine-year-old boy next door, has always refused to wear shoes while playing outside. He would run around wearing sandals or go barefoot. Now he insists on wearing bright green neon Nike high top basketball shoes.
Michael wears them so proud as he shoots under the hoop in his driveway. He loves them so much his grandfather bought him three pairs. I wondered what made him change.
Recently, while photographing the Miami Heat’s NBA star athlete, LeBron James, I spotted his flashy green shoes streaking across the basketball court. I got my answer. I witnessed the power of influence on our children by professional athletes.