Atlanta Hawk’s forward Maurice ‘Mo’ Evans and Converse teamed up for the Converse Open Gym launch of the Star Player Evo at Atlanta’s B.E.S.T Academy (click to read my previous post).  Converse open gym continues to spread the love of basketball to kids, supporting the position of not closing a gym after opening a gym and providing an opportunity for kids to play basketball who may not otherwise have the resources.(Converse) Two Hundred Plus kids from 12-18 years old came to compete in a few games of pick up basketball in the Gym at B.E.S.T Academy.Students and participants received a free chevron OPEN GYM reversible jersey’s and a free hair cut. Although I was uber tempted to get a fresh line up, I gladly settled for an official Converse OPEN GYM ID, which each participant receives for access to Open Gym around the Nation!  Since November of 2007 twice a month, open and free to the public, the youth have had an opportunity to play basketball in a safe and friendly environment while also testing performance basketball products.

Speaking of Performance. I wore my Star Player Evo’s today as I trailed the mall to find out what stores are currently selling them in Atlanta. I typically consider style over “performance” when it comes to converse, but I must say these are the most comfortable pair of Converse that my feet have ever been privilege to entering. The mid sole is extremely lightweight, relieving that usual strain located in my arch. A breathable air mesh is uber appropriate when you plan to be in a pair of tinnies (Tennis Shoes) all day!

Although the Star Player Evo is a very stylish shoe the comfort is what stands out most. If I notice the cushion at the ankle, which has a tempur pedic feel, you do not get the irritation as with the usual basketball shoes.

Click Here for Pictures of the Open Gym Event

Colors Available Exclusively online White/Black Found Exclusively at Foot Locker Locations

Sole Plus an Atlanta Non-Profit Agency that works to provide a pair of shoes to those in need was also on the scene assisting the Little’s in creating their own style of converse. I am extremely moved by the efforts of Sole Plus, and I encourage you to visit the site and ask how you can help provide a pair of shoes.

Dates and Locations
11.20Morehouse College
Archer Hall Recreation Center Atlanta, GA 30314
12.04 Georgia Tech Rec Center
750 Ferst Drive Atlanta, Ga 30332
12.18 B.E.S.T Academy
1890 Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway Atlanta, GA 30318

Boston -University Fitness & Rec Center
11.06 915 Commonwealth Ave. Boston, MA 02115

Chicago- Attack Center
11.20 2641 West Harrison Street Chicago, IL 60612

Philly-Girard College
12.18 2101 South College Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19121

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