INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Pacers fans across the country are wishing injured Forward Paul George a speedy recovery. One local T-shirt company is taking it a step further. Their wish has a nostalgic twist and a chance for a charity, supported by George, to get a donation.
“It’s a simple message,” says Brian Kelly, co-owner of the company that is making the yellow shirts with blue writing.
Kelly explains the shirt’s meaning, “It’s a ‘$6 Million Dollar Man’ reference, the famous quote, ‘How are we going to rebuild him?’ Better, stronger, faster.”
“We just took the image of Paul George’s famous 360 dunk and combined it with the quote. That’s how we came up with the shirt,” Kelly says.
“It’s just something, to kind of help lift up fans’ spirits a little bit. His leg is going to be fine,” says Kelly.
The company behind the shirt is Hayes & Taylor. The business was started three years ago by two Indianapolis friends who have known each other since high school.
Half of all proceeds from the sales of the T-shirts will go to a local charity.
“We tried to find a charity that Paul was involved in. So we found that he was a spokesperson for the Kohl’s Caring for Kids Foundation with Riley,” says Kelly.
About 100 T-shirts were sold the first day they were available.