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Teaming up with Oakley, Jordan to help Chicago teens

August 31st, 2017

Last winter, retired NBA star Charles Oakley and his friend, Chicago businessman John Kelly, promised Orr Academy High School’s boys’ basketball team that they’d purchase Air Jordans for the players if they won the state championship.

Orr went on to defeat Mount Carmel for the 2A title in March.

And on Wednesday, Oakley and Kelly paid up–with an assist from His Airness.

Oakley and Kelly have unofficially adopted the team after reading a Sun-Times series about Orr sitting at the center of violence in the city. They’ve hung out with the boys, talking to them, watching them play and even taking them to Bulls games.

“These are kids who love basketball who had never seen the Bulls play live. That’s a tragedy,” said Kelly, owner and president of All-Circo Inc. public affairs company.

Get the rest of the story in my Taking Names column in the Chicago Sun-Times.

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