Turner Sports will help honor veteran Turner Sports sideline reporter Craig Sager during Tuesday’s opening tipoff with some apparel designed by the man himself.
The apparel — which includes shoes and T-shirts — will be auctioned off starting Tuesday, and ending Friday, Nov. 4. There will be 100 SagerStrong NIKE Air Force 1 shoes available to bid on as well as two separate Sager-inspired t-shirts, which can be purchased on the SagerStrong Foundation website.
“Craig is an inspiration to so many people including all of us at Turner as he continues to courageously battle cancer,” David Levy, President of Turner, said. “This tribute is an opportunity for us to demonstrate our affection and support for Craig, his wife Stacy and their family, along with all of those facing similar obstacles. We look forward to working closely with them and our partners throughout Opening Week to raise awareness and funding on behalf of cancer research and education.”
A portion of the proceeds will go towards the SagerStrong Foundation.
The shoes feature paisley-print panels, a seersucker tongue tab and multicolored laces. The sideline reporter helped design the shoe, as he is well known for his extreme taste in fashion. (Photos via TNT’s news release.)
There are two T-shirts available, one more a tribute:
While the other is an impression, in T-shirt form:
Sager is currently in treatment for leukemia, which he was diagnosed with in 2014. He had his third bone marrow transplant in September, which he told the Associated Press was one of over 100 procedures he’s had performed for this disease.
Updated at 4:05 p.m. ET