Foot Locker: NBA Stars Are So Busy With Cause Marketing We Needed Stand-Ins
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 11:27AM
NYSportsJournalism.com in Ad Campaigns, Foot Locker, NBA, Puerto Rico, cause marketing, sports marketing

By Barry Janoff

November 15, 2017: Foot Locker has been real about its “Week of Greatness” campaign for the past five years, but for its sixth annual effort it is getting “unreal” to support some very real causes.

The retailer will continue to use the campaign to sell goods, but has added a significant altruistic component.

“(We are) not only delivering the most anticipated footwear and apparel launches, but committing and championing Acts of Greatness — physical acts of generosity that inspire and uplift others — through the action-oriented platform, Greatness Does Good.”

New York-headquartered Foot Locker said it has joined with such brands as Nike, Jordan, adidas, Puma, Converse and Reebok, plus the NBA’s New York Knicks, to aid people in Puerto Rico impacted by Hurricane Maria and others those affected by “recent U.S. and global events.”

The push comes with multi-media marketing, anchored by two “Greatness Does Good” spots explaining that NBA stars including Carmelo Anthony, Kyrie Irving, Anthony Davis, James Harden, Kristaps Porzingis and Damian Lillard “were so busy doing good, they didn’t have time to star in commercials.”

Instead, we get lookalikes of the aforementioned players, who stay in character as they explain how Foot Locker is working during the holiday season to aid and comfort others.

Doubles for Anthony, Irving and Davis appear in one, lookalikes for Harden, Porzinagas and Lillard in the other.

Support includes digital, POP and social media (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook).

Lead agency is BBDO, New York.

Among the Greatness Does Good efforts, Foot Locker has placed sneaker donation bins in more than 1,650 of its stores worldwide as a part of its partnership with non-profit Soles4Souls.

According to Foot Locker, people are invited to donate new and gently worn shoes in store (Nov. 18-26, 2017).

New shoes donated in the U.S. will be sent to Puerto Rico.

Gently used shoes, as well as all footwear donations made in Foot Locker locations outside the U.S., will benefit the Soles4Souls Micro-Enterprise program, “driving commerce for entrepreneurs in developing countries.”

Foot Locker said it would join its customers by donating “thousands of new pairs from its own supply to support on-going recovery efforts in Puerto Rico . . . (We have) committed to donating more than $1,000,000 toward humanitarian relief efforts around the globe, including $100,000 to support Soles4Souls from the Foot Locker Foundation.”

Top athletes, artists and influencers, including Carmelo Anthony, Paul George and Kyrie Irving will also commit their own Acts of Greatness by “donating their shoes to the cause, with additional support from their peers rolling in.”

"At Foot Locker, we believe that greatness is not only about what sneakers you wear, it's about what you do while you're in them," Dick Johnson, CEO and president for Foot Locker, Inc., said in a statement.

"This year, instead of bringing together the biggest stars in sports to create our well-known, humorous ads for the annual Week of Greatness, we are bringing global ‘sneakerheads’ together to commit and champion Acts of Greatness."

According to Anthony, who has fronted his own relief efforts in support of Puerto Rico, "Helping Puerto Rico overcome the devastating impact of Hurricane Maria is a cause that is very near and dear to my heart.

“Foot Locker's generosity throughout the Week of Greatness will undoubtedly have an impact as the island continues to rebuild and recover the many items, including clothing and shoes, that were lost.”

New sneaker releases from Nike, Jordan, adidas and more will drop daily beginning Nov. 18 in Foot Locker, Lady Foot Locker, and Kids Foot Locker stores globally.

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