Miami billionaire Patrick Carroll gave back again on his “Kicks for Kids” tour, this time in the Windy City, Chicago! Just in time for the new school year, on August 29th, the well-known philanthropist gifted truckloads of trendy sneakers to the kids at Union League Boys & Girls Club- Chicago / Club One. It’s the 5th city in his quest to donate a Million Dollars worth of sneakers to underprivileged kids across the US. All donations made are self-funded straight from Patrick Carroll’s heart to serve and pay it forward with zero sponsors involved. The day was filled with video games, Chicago’s very own sports team mascots, “Staley Da Bear” Chicago Cubs and “Tommy Hawk” Chicago Bears, pizza, a DJ, live art demo, celebrity friends, and brand new high-end sneakers! The next wing of the tour soon to be announced upon Patrick Carroll’s quest.
Carroll says, “There’s no better feeling than seeing the kid’s faces filled with excitement when they get a new pair of really cool sneakers. They’re surprised and so happy at the same time. I don’t know of a more genuine and fulfilling experience than I could imagine.
As cliche as it sounds, the message I give the kids is, “If I can do it, anyone can do it.” I am far from your typical success story. I got in some trouble growing up, didn’t go to college, and I’m basically self-taught. I think, especially these days, it’s important for the kids to understand the message, “Work hard for your dreams and you too can live the American dream.”
CEO PATRICK CARROLL is one of Miami’s most prominent real estate investors with over 30,000 properties in his portfolio. So far, the self-made tycoon has given away $500,000 worth of this season’s most sought-after sneakers to underprivileged kids in Tampa and Miami, Florida, Atlanta, GA., New York City and now Chicago!
The real estate mogul and father of three boys, commissioned famed sneaker aficionado, Ben Kickz, aka the “Sneaker Don”, to bring a Brinks truck filled with 600 pairs of high-end sneakers to distribute to members of the Boys & Girls Club to different locations at a time across the U.S.
Carroll continues his nationwide campaign to give away $1 million worth of sneakers throughout ten Boys & Girls clubs across the US. He loves seeing the boy’s and girls’ faces light up upon receiving their sneakers. This leg of the tour was at the
Union League Boys & Girls Club- Chicago / Club One location. Patrick Carroll invited his celebrity friends to help excite the kids and pass out sneakers including but not limited to; Briannagh D (Disney, ABC), George Daniels (Barber Shop 1 & 2, Grammy Board Member), Seraphina Sanan (Metal Rock artist), Toxic, Van Johnson ( Back Ink Crew Chicago), Cortez Smith (“Chi” series regular) and more
Growing up in Tampa, Florida, Carroll relied on The Boys & Girls Club and their facilities to play basketball. Now that he is on the board Carroll says, “Knowing firsthand how aspirational having the right pair of sneakers can be to a kid in need, it’s incredible to see the looks on these kid’s faces when we pull up in that truck,” said the 43-year-old.