A 13-year-old Louisville girl stepped up in a big way to stop a little boy from being bullied while he was playing outside — and it was all caught on camera.
It’s a familiar story, but we’re always happy to report random acts of kindness in the world among the celebrity gossip.
On an average day off Wheeler Avenue, not far from Churchill Downs, the neighborhood plays ball outside 13-year-old Shaylynn Hampton’s home.
“We leave it (the rim) out here all year long for kids to play,” said Jackie Workman, Hampton’s mother. “It gives them something to do.”
Sunday’s game brought an unexpected player. He looked to be about 8 or 9 years old — and the other kids didn’t want to play fair.
“I didn’t know him at all,” Hampton said. “The little boys playing — before he had gotten here — were making fun of his shoes because they were not what you would call designer.”
“His shoes were, like, coming apart on the bottom, like flipped back,” said Jamal Bibbs, Shaylynn’s step-brother.
So during a break from the game, as that little boy sat by himself, Hampton decided to help.
“She came out of the bedroom with a box of shoes in her hand,” said Workman. “I was like, ‘What are you doing?’ And she said, ‘They’re making fun of a little boy outside mom, and he’s got holes in his shoes.'”
“I felt bad because when I was his age, I got made fun of and I didn’t like that,” Hampton said. “So to stop that feeling for someone else, it made me feel good.”
Hampton is a little bit of tomboy and whole lot of sneaker head. Her collection could pile as high as the ceiling in her home. She gave the little boy a pair of $200 Nike Lebron shoes she says didn’t fit well.
“They were clean and like brand new,” said Hampton. “I didn’t have anything to use them for.”
Her mother posted the video online, not just because she was proud, but rather to see a different story in this community. Her kids play in front of an abandoned school where the windows are boarded up or busted out. There is trash everywhere, and the neighborhood has seen four murders in the last four months.
“I think there’s still good in the world,” Workman said.
There is good — in the heart of a 13-year old girl.
Sunday just happened to be Hampton’s birthday — and yes, she too got new shoes. But no one will soon forget the gift she gave.
“He was just happy and surprised that someone would actually care that much,” Hampton said.
All the family knows about this little boy is that his name is Richard.