Shaylynn Hampton wakes up on the morning of her 13th birthday. After leaving her room to get some breakfast, she sees the usual neighborhood kids meeting in front of her house to organize a weekend basketball game.
Her mother, Jackie Workman, explains, “We leave it (the rim) out here all year long for kids to play, it gives them something to do.”
Walking by her front door, Shaylynn is immediately disgusted at what she overhears. Some of the other kids are bullying a boy who doesn’t look very familiar. 10 year-old Richard, is the new kid on the block. He wanted to join the early morning game and make some new friends.
The other boys would not allow it. They started bully Richard by calling him names, teasing him, and making fun of the fact he was wearing 8 year old shoes. They were his mother’s original Nikes and definitely past their prime, coming apart from the bottom. Unfortunately, money was tight and that was all the boy’s family could afford.
Embarrassed and speechless, Richard sat down by himself on the curb and observed the other kids play. What he didn’t know was that Shaylynn had been watching the whole thing.
Heartbroken by the mean boys’ actions, the 13-yer-old decided to help. Even though it was the morning of her birthday, she was going to be the one giving gifts.
Running back up to her room, she reaches into her closet and pulls out the signature orange box with a white swoosh on it.
Shaylynn rushes back downstairs and proceeds to walk outside, still in her pajamas. Her mother, confused why her daughter would be going outside so early, questioned Shaylynn.
Her daughter explained what had just happened and that she wanted to make Richard feel better.
“I felt bad because when I was his age, I got made fun of and I didn’t like that…to stop that feeling for someone else, it made me feel good.”
She gave Richard a $200 pair of Nike Lebron tennis shoes.
Shaylynn’s mom decided to record the entire interaction, so impressed with her daughter’s act of kindness.
Watch below as she explains how proud she if of her little girl after her act of generosity.