UK players and local business using custom shoes to support flood victims


LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) – As the University of Kentucky men’s basketball team takes to the field for their first exhibition games in the Bahamas, they are also paying tribute to flood victims in the east of Kentucky.

Lance Ware and Oscar Tshiebwe wore personalized shoes during Wednesday night’s game which will be raffled off to raise money to support the victims. Lance Ware wore shoes depicting a beach in the Bahamas. Oscar Tshiebwe’s shoes showed a Bahamas sunset and the mountains of eastern Kentucky.

Courtesy of True Blue Customs

“As soon as it happened, the first thing on my mind was Oscar. I know Oscar loves Kentucky. He loves the fans. He loves all things giving back,” said Billy Hobbs, owner of True Blue Customs.

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Courtesy of True Blue Customs

Hobbs has created several custom paint jobs for British basketball and football players over the years.

“They want to represent where they’re from or what’s important to them,” Hobbs said.

He even painted custom shoes for Paul McCartney and Snoop Dogg when they played shows locally.

“It’s cool to see that stuff, you see it on that stage and those guys are really enjoying it. It’s pretty awesome,” he said.

When tornadoes ripped through western Kentucky, Hobbs teamed up with British soccer quarterback Will Levis to create a custom pair of cleats. They fetched over $10,000 at a charity auction. Hobbs hopes these two pairs can raise even more money.

“With these two guys and with Kentucky basketball and these fans, I know the BBN will support us and we don’t know what it will go to,” he said.

Tshiebwe’s boots also have a small nod to what the team is aiming for this year – a ‘9’ on the back, signifying the ninth national championship the team hopes to win.

Hobbs said he was working on plans to raffle off the shoes. He will announce them after the trip to the Bahamas.

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