Here's why UAB purposefully wore mismatched shoes

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UAB shocked the world on Thursday with a win over #3 seeded Iowa State. Aside from the win, the biggest story of the game was... what's up with their sneaker game?

Looks weird, right? It is., but there's an awesome story behind it.

"During head coach Jerod Haase's first season at UAB, the Blazers adopted a young cancer survivor named Elijah Seritt. Since then, Elijah and his family have been a major part of the Blazers' men's basketball program. 

Elijah was just 19 months old when he was first taken to the emergency room and then referred to Children's of Alabama, where a surgeon removed as much of Elijah's tumor as possible. His diagnosis was medulloblastoma -- an aggressive form of cancer. Elijah's diagnosis included chemotherapy, two stem cell transplants and 17 surgeries—including two brain surgeries. 

Before one of the games in Spain in the month of August, Coach Haase came up with the idea to take the next step in helping other children with pediatric cancer . The idea was sparked by a player on one of the Spanish squads wearing two different colors of sneakers during the game. "

That's pretty great, huh?