Chance The Rapper is closing out 2017 the same way he started it: by giving back.
The proud Chicago native gifted dozens of local high schoolers with early Christmas presents during the most recent of the monthly Open Mike night he hosts through his charity foundation, Social Works. Taking to the stage of the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium just as the event came to a close, Chance was met with cheer and screams from the teens as he assisted with handing out 300 pairs of Jordan 11 sneakers to those who attended.
The generous gesture and December’s edition of the event was in tribute to Chance’s late mentor, “Brother Mike” Hawkins.
Naturally, fans on social media reacted to the news with excitement and words of gratitude for Chance.
The Social Works foundation partners with the Chicago Public Library each month to host OpenMike night, which aims to empower, educate and inspire creative youth through performance and conversation. Each event features performances by aspiring young talent from the Chicago area as well as celebrity performances and/or discussions hosted by celebrity guests or influential public figures.
The proud father shared this year that his continuous efforts to improve school and general community conditions for Chicago youth stem largely from his desire to provide better opportunities for his 2-year-old daughter Kensli, should she become a student within the Chicago Public School system in the future.