Some delighted students had Jewell Loyd autograph their sneakers right after she fitted them for a pair.
SEATTLE – Bailey Gatzert Elementary School received a surprise visit from Seattle Storm Guard Jewell Loyd on Tuesday.
Loyd has just returned from Australia where Team USA won their fourth consecutive gold medal at the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup.
A few enthusiastic students let Loyd autograph their sneakers right after she fitted them for a pair. She was trained by the professionals at Nordstrom, who have been fitting shoes in Seattle since 1901.
“Shoes are at the heart of everything we do, and I know that shoes mean a lot to kids,” said Jamie Nordstrom.
The Seattle Storm joined Nordstrom for an annual celebration of students at Bailey Gatzert Elementary.
More than 340 pairs of new Nike shoes were distributed in partnership with national non-profit organization Shoes That Fit. The organization believes that giving children shoes affects their self-esteem, dignity and, in turn, their academic performance.
Ronnie Bell, the director of Bailey Gatzert, said his students carry themselves differently after being fitted for new shoes.
“Brand new shoes, a brand new attitude,” Bell said.
This is the third year Nordstrom has gifted shoes to students at Bailey Gatzert Elementary School.
Loyd said she knows the importance of showing up for kids.
“We can only do what we do because of the fans and the community around us,” said Loyd.
Nordstrom has partnered with Shoes That Fit for 12 consecutive years and plans to continue raising funds through online and in-store donations through October 15.
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