Last year, two student athletes in Cincinnati, Ohio were victims of racist bullying from spectators while playing at a rival high school. The athletes, Bobby Jefferson II and Nathan Stockman, endured racist taunting while playing basketball for St. Xavier high school in Cincinnati last year. Stockman, who is half-Korean, was also called “P.F. Chang’s.”
When Nathan’s mother, Susan Stockman, contacted P.F. Chang’s to let them know her son had planned on writing, “P.F. Chang’s” on his basketball sneakers this season as a sign of reclamation and strength, the restaurant chain decided to get involved. They got in touch with the Jeremy Lin Foundation to set something up.
On Saturday, January 12, Nathan, Bobby, and their families were treated to a VIP dinner at P.F. Chang’s where they got to meet Jeremy Lin. On Sunday, they were gifted tickets by P.F. Chang’s to watch Lin and the Atlanta Hawks take on the Milwaukee Bucks.
P.F. Chang’s also presented Bobby with adidas “Harden Vol. 3” basketball sneakers while Nathan received a pair of adidas inscribed with the P.F. Chang’s logo designed by Los Angeles sneaker artist Salvador Amezcua aka Kickstradomis.
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