When Joe and Renae Ingles learned that their son Jacob had been diagnosed with autism, they decided to become allies for the cause. Back in February, Joe Ingles penned a heartfelt article about the process his family went through as they ultimately learned that Jacob was on the spectrum. Part of the reason they shared this intimate knowledge of their family with the public was to spread autism awareness and help those who are going—or will at some time go—through the process.
Through early intervention, we have already seen such a big change in Jacob, and there are endless amounts of support now for kids, families and people on the spectrum. Awareness is so important, so we are spreading the word.
- Joe Ingles
According to a tweet by Kickstradomis, a lot of the Utah Jazz team is helping Joe Ingles “spread the word” with one of the most recognizable forms of expression on the court: sneakers.
Autism awareness PE’s— Kickstradomis (@Kickstradomis) March 25, 2019
for: @EkpeUdoh This week, we’ve partnered up with @Joeingles7 & the @utahjazz In honor of autism awareness. Joe Ingles’ son was just recently diagnosed with Autism so these shoes were created to bring awareness to@4ASDKidsCharity #AutismAwarenessKicks pic.twitter.com/CtJr93hghO
Ekpe Udoh and Joe Ingles will be rocking these custom Kyrie 4’s with Jacob’s name written out with puzzle pieces in the midsole. It has the 4ASD Kids on the side which, according to their website, is for the “not-for-profit charity founded by dual international rugby star Mat Rogers & media identity wife Chloe Maxwell to support children with autism.” (Nike, if you’re reading this, if you make these shoes and give proceeds to Autism Awareness charities, 14/10 would buy.)
Ricky Rubio will be joining in as well.
Ricky Rubio’s feature the puzzle pieces as well. (Once again, Adidas, if you’re reading this, make these and give the proceeds to Autism Awareness, 14/10 would buy.)
Kickstradomis says that this picture is showing pair 2 out of 5. There could be three more out there. I would wager to guess we’ll see a Donovan custom, a Favors custom, and a Thabo custom (Nike Air Max’s?).
Kickstradomis has shared the last three :
Rudy Gobert’s shoes. Beautiful blue to represent Autism with one shoe and the city jersey colors in the other.
@rudygobert27 Autism PE— Kickstradomis (@Kickstradomis) March 26, 2019
Another pair for Wednesday nights @utahjazz game. The team is gonna be on fire! Thanks for tagging me in on this project @Joeingles7 #AutismAwarenessKicks pic.twitter.com/9dNaDI2BDU
Donovan Mitchell wanted to be a part of the cause also:
Spida Autism Awareness PEs @spidadmitchell had to join in on the movement and get a pair as well. Gonna be amazing seeing all these shoes out there Tomorow night! @utahjazz #takenote pic.twitter.com/hvbPK2pXkh— Kickstradomis (@Kickstradomis) March 26, 2019
The 5th pair of the Autism Awareness shoes:
@Joeingles7 Autism PE— Kickstradomis (@Kickstradomis) March 27, 2019
Pair 5 of the Autism Awareness pack I made for the @utahjazz and Joes family to bring awareness to autism and for his son Jacob! All 5 pairs will be auctioned off for charity tonight! Follow @Joeingles7 and @utahjazz for more info! #autismawareness pic.twitter.com/61ljIG8fTS
Joe Ingles is definitely spreading the good word about Autism Awareness, and he’s going to look fresh doing so.
If you are at the game tonight please consider participating in the auction.