Sneakers for Success is hosting its launch event, Sole Connections, on June 28, 2012 from 5 to 10PM. The event will be cultivated at The Open Road Rooftop, an amazing artistic space at 350 Grand Street on the Lower East Side. This night serves to highlight sneaker culture, arts and education through an eclectic blend of visual art, musical performances, and poetry.

Sole Connections is open to the public with suggested donations fully benefiting the Sneakers for Success educational program. RSVP and ticketing are available at soleconnections.eventbrite.com.

The event features a screening of Doin’ It in The Park: Pick- Up Basketball, NYC, a 2012 documentary exploring the cultural and social impact of New York City’s legendary pick-up basketball scene. Co-directors Bobbito Garcia and Kevin Couliau visited more than 180 courts throughout the five boroughs to capture the cultural and social impact of NYC’s basketball scene.

Before the screening, Sole Connections is featuring artists that continue to break the mold and follow their hearts to success, embodying the SOLE POWER ethic which include Nitty Scott, MC. Dillon Cooper, Uni Q. Mical and D’Menace. The visual showcase will display the works of Claw Money and Mark Bode in addition to local vendors.

SLAM will also be in the building handing out free copies of Ish 160, so come out this Thursday to kick it with us and spread love!

Sneakers for Success was founded in September 2011 by University of Massachusetts Amherst engineering graduate and Queens, NY native Samuel del Pilar. The non-profit organization uses sneaker culture, urban lifestyle, and design to empower, inspire, and motivate underrepresented youth toward academic success. The organization’s services include workshops and curriculum development that focus on critical thinking and problem solving skills. The use of sneakers as an educational medium keeps the students engaged and connected to the standard classroom material as well as exposing them to ways they can transform their passion into anything. For more information, please visit our website: sneakers4success.org