Check out this month's ISlide Hero, the Benford Family.
Check out this month's ISlide Hero, the Benford Family.
Earlier this season, Minnesota Timberwolves NBA 2KL gamer Michael 'BearDaBeast' Key, flew into headquarters to create some unique designs for his squad.
Check out how it all went down below!
This month's ISlide Hero is a young man from Boston, inspired to make a change in his community through selfless giving and relationship building. Nominated by his lifelong friend, Keandre Stanton, My'Kel 'Corey' McMillen has spent his last few years helping those in need by providing necessary items for free.
“Mack’s Soles” was born in January 2017 in honor of My'Kel's late father, Charles “Mack” McMillen. In his own words..."My father enjoyed walking no matter the distance and was always talking about having good quality shoes that were comfortable for the journey. He was someone who you could label a “giver”. If he could help anyone, he did, that was his character. It did not matter if he was at work or in the community he was that type of person. As the saying goes, “The apple does not fall far from the tree.”
I found myself helping and connecting with folks who were homeless or struggling to make ends meet like most of us. When you hear the word homeless, what comes to mind? Perhaps an individual in need of shelter, food and maybe money to help them along the way. I felt in some ways that the majority of these needs were being met, however one thing was missing… Footwear! From shelter to shelter, one corner to the other, the majority of homeless people walk to get to where they’re going.
I know that a pair of shoes is not the solution to the problem of homelessness, but maybe it is the solution to the beginning of a movement to raise awareness and to begin to build a more caring community. What do we want as a society and what do we need as a society? And that’s what I am striving to change; the mindset that we have adopted over time that has disconnected a lot of us from engaging with the real world. Mack’s Soles services in the Greater Boston Area and is always collecting donations all year round."
Current Sacramento Kings guard and Indiana University basketball legend, Yogi Ferrell, stopped by headquarters for an ISlide Experience AND to create some custom slides.
After graduating from Indiana University as their all-time leader in assists, Yogi went undrafted in the 2016 NBA Draft. With all the determination, work ethic, and attitude that a 6-foot guard would need to make an NBA roster, Yogi did just that eventually making the Brooklyn Nets roster and in the 2017-2018 season, being a reliable contributor for the Dallas Mavericks.
Yogi's journey is that of an undersized guard who hasn't let stereotypes, naysayers, or the outside noise stop him from reaching his goal and that's exactly what he wanted to use as inspiration while creating his custom pair.
Yogi's second pair includes the iconic #11 that he wore during his time as a Hoosier as well as his signature. He hasn't officially named these ones yet, but we're thinking something along the Yogi 1.5s.
Check out the full recap of Yogi's ISlide experience below and check out his collection while it's still available!
The official start to summer was June 21st, meaning we need to start getting our beach essentials together as fast as possible for the rest of the summer! Typically when you go to the beach, you want to get all your stuff together the night before so you can leave right in the morning to get there before the crowds. I like to pick out a bathing suit and beach outfit the night before while also making sure I have everything I need:
I love our Summer Pattern collection- some of my favorites are the Flamingos, Sailboats, and the Spongebob Pineapple Sky slides. They have so many great and unique patterns for summer that it’s honestly hard to choose a top three.
So anyway, when I wake up the next morning, I’ll get ready and have everything together while also definitely grabbing snacks so we can leave for the beach! But the biggest question of the day is: What beach and where? For me personally, there are two best beaches. One of my favorite beaches is Mayflower Beach, in Cape Cod, specifically in Dennis, MA. I love Mayflower because it’s a really big, nice family beach and I always run into someone I know walking by since, for me personally, a lot of my friends love going to the Cape during the summer just like I do! There’s nothing better than laying down at Mayflower on your towel, with your sunglasses on, and just relaxing and listening to the beach waves crashing in the distance, that’s for sure.
My second favorite beach is Sachuest Beach, or as I call it Second Beach, which is down in Middletown, RI, next to Newport. The Newport/Middletown area is one of my favorite spots because it’s extremely nice and has really cute stores and restaurants to visit while there on vacation or even just a day trip. Second Beach is one of my go-to beaches that has plenty of parking, nice outdoor showers, and even a snack bar that’s right next to the parking lot and easily accessible whenever you get hungry on the beach. However, the water there tends to be pretty chilly, but on a super-hot day it is exactly what you need to cool down and relax. I personally prefer to bring a chair to this beach over a towel, especially if I go in the water a lot because it’s just overall more comfortable and prevents everything from getting really sandy. My ISlides are a great addition for the beach in general as well, because they are super easy to slide on and off and are comfortable to walk on (even in the sand!).
Overall, having everything you need for the beach is absolutely essential, so make sure to pack everything I listed (and maybe more) before you leave, because there’s no turning back once you’re on the road. Comment some things on your beach essentials list or maybe a few things I forgot that I should add to mine myself! I hope this blog helps you remember some things you might not think of for the beach, and definitely make sure to try out Mayflower and Second Beach sometime before the summer ends!