Wednesday, September 12th, 2012 at 2:01 pm  |  6 responses

BALL’N Launches New Footwear Line To Benefit U.S. Troops

Our friends at BALL’N alerted us to their new 2012 line, which is definitely a good look given where the proceeds will be going. Check out the details, via BALL’N:

BALL’N, a minority owned athletic footwear brand is looking to bring more awareness and support for our US Service Members who have answered the call of duty to server and protect our freedom with the launch of their New 2012 Holiday line of basketball shoes on the growing crowdfunding site Rockethub.com. “Purchase a pair of shoes and BALL’N will “Give a Soldier a Gift for the Holidays,” said Rodney Jeter, BALL’N Founder. Purchase one of the “BALL’N 4 THE TROOPS SHOE PACKS” and BALL’N will donate and send a pair of BALL’N shoes to a US Service member of your choice who is serving overseas as a holiday gift from you. BALL’N has committed a portion of all the sales from the Rockethub launch to go directly to helping wounded US Service members, veterans and their families.

These funds will go directly to the “ FREEDOM IS NOT FREE” Organization, which is dedicated to assisting wounded service members and their families, and the families of the fallen. They help with the immediate financial needs associated with medical care, travel, home modification, and the paying of family’s bills. “My military service in Korea led me to my vision to create BALL’N. I truly understand the sacrifices our military service men and women endure for our Freedom” said Rodney. “I am thankful that now I am in a position where BALL’N can give back to our service members and their families.

While stationed in Korea, Rodney toured a shoe manufacturing plant on his down time and was so fascinated with the shoe manufacturing process he immediately knew what he wanted to do when he was done with his service in the Army. He wanted to create a footwear brand. After many years of struggling and doors being slammed in his face, his dream of launching a footwear brand was achieved back in 2011 with the help of Los Angeles Lakers swingman Metta World Peace.

World Peace became the first NBA player to wear BALL’N footwear in the NBA. “We have a great technology in our shoe called D3O which delivers superior shock absorption for your foot and joints,” said Rodney. “I am able to play harder and longer without experience any major knee and foot pain,” said Metta World Peace in an interview with Los Angeles Times.

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    Ball’n footwear launches new footwear line to exploit US troops. What do these shoes cost to make, a quarter? Seems like kind of a shady way to promote a shoe line.

  • david jones

    Great jesture for a small fledgling shoe company to do that the giants haven’t thought with all their billions…keep up the good wrk and hope ur very successful

  • Adonis Trinidad

    Sounds like a very generous and thoughtful thing to do,I’m always rooting for the lil man and I think the ideal and the shoes r dope! Seen metta wearing them in lakers gm this year. And most of all to show love for our men and women fighting for our country..kuddos to Ball’n…Wish u much success!!

  • maurice Taylor

    Always haters when someone else has the guts and know how to do something u can’t do! Quit hating bro and BTW bet u got a closet full of nike and adiddas in ur closet and dontwanna support a small minority owned company? The only one in the world I ever hheard of…shame on u hater

  • Ishmael Bey

    Yeah I like that idea! I got a pair of shoes and the quality is real nice. I see why Metta likes the support. I am also a military vet so the holiday times is a great time to get gifts. Pretty creative. I’ll check out the packages and do my part. See ya’ll on the court!

  • Matthew

    The Ball’n company has always supported and helped its community in so many ways. From its inception, it has been huge in the area of community development and leadership. And to let you guys know, the company was formed after the death of Rodney Jeters father who died at the young age of 55 on August 28th 1989 and his dad served his country as well.Congratulations Ball’n on all that you do in your community and around the world to fight injustice and give support and hope to those in need.