HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — Rising seniors at Bethel High School in Hampton got a special surprise on Wednesday morning.
During an assembly, Reebok announced each student in the class of 2021 will have their college application fees covered.
“What’s up y’all, I got Reebok to cover your college application fees so the sky’s the limit,” said Iverson via video message. “Don’t let nothing stop your dreams.”
The students were thrilled to learn the news.
“I got the chills watching their faces, their cheers. It was incredible,” said Samantha Liang, who is a Reebok partner. “Iverson really credits his journey from high school to college as being pivotal in his career and essentially creating the player and the legend that he is. So we essentially wanted to give a new generation of game-changers a chance to do the same and carve their own path, whatever they want it to be, so they could change the game on or off the court.”
The other perk of attending former NBA superstar Allen Iverson’s alma mater in Hampton: the rising seniors will also get a new pair of Reebok sneakers. Select students will receive a pair from AI’s new “Origins” pack, which launched Wednesday.
Reebok also created a series of images which featured students from Bethel High with the new products.
“Such a surreal moment and it’s kind of like a dream come true,” said junior Bianca Rodriguez. “I’m just so thankful to Allen and Reebok and you know, our school, for letting us have the opportunity to do something like this, to show people that you don’t have to be athletic, you don’t have to be a certain size, race, skin color, to be able to do something like this.”
Rising seniors across the country can apply on the Reebok website to have their college application fees waived, as well.
The pack brings back Reebok’s classic Answer V and Question Mid shoes.
The Answer V will be black, green and mustard yellow to pay homage to Bethel, and the Question Mids will be gray and blue for Iverson’s college team, Georgetown.