Mr. T gives away shoes before the start of the new school year

Mr. T gave away shoes at the Cosmopolitan Community Church on Chicago’s South Side. 

“We want to inspire the kids to get them back to school,” Mr. T said. “To let them know school is fun. Learning is fun. Learning is special. That’s what we’re about, to inspire them, motivate them.”

He added, “You know a kid learns better when he has new stuff.”

Skechers, Designer Shoe Warehouse, and the local nonprofit The Support Group all teamed up to supply those shoes for students who attend Beasley Academic Center, 5255 S. Street. Chicago schools start August 21.

There were other shoe giveaways throughout the country.

Mr. T was born Laurence Tureaud and grew up in Chicago. He is one of 12 children.