Kyle Lowry isn’t just making believers out of his team, he’s making believers of his fans.
On Monday night, with the help of a trio of Raptors employees, Lowry’s popularity spiked again when he helped make a local fan’s night.
Lowry was trying to do the right thing on New Year’s Eve in Chicago when he threw his game-worn shoes to a fan, who had made the trek from Toronto and was seated behind the Raptors’ bench at the United Center. Unbeknownst to Lowry, the shoes were intercepted by another fan — leaving the long-time Raptors fan out in the cold.
Social media helped bring this wrong to the attention of Jason Satur, community manager of the Raptors, Courtney Charles, manager of basketball operations and player development, and Brittany Scott, coordinator of community and player programs.
The group arranged to have the Raptors fan, Alan Vale, to come down to the ACC on Monday for the Bucks game for what they told him was an interview.
Vale was invited courtside for the pre-game workouts and then back to the media room where Satur interviewed him, only to have Lowry show up and present him with another pair of shoes.
Here's footage of a fan intercepting the shoes meant for Vale:
Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry hands over a pair of sneaks to Alan Vale on Monday. (Raptors.com)