Representatives from the Nike Factory Store in Arundel Mills delivered the shoes to the hospital Wednesday. The shoes won't be sold publicly, and were given to the first 70 babies born this week.
The shoes, which are smaller than an adult's palm, are green with an orange Nike logo — representing the colors of the Rio Olympics. Centrowitz wasn't there to present the shoes. He's competing in Switzerland.
Nike plans to deliver the baby shoes to areas where several of the U.S. gold medal winners are from. A hospital in Washington, D.C., will also receive the shoes, since U.S. Olympic basketball player Kevin Durant grew up in the area.
Watts, who describes himself as a Nike "snob," was wearing red, black and white Nikes when he received the shoes. He joked his daughter's closet will be filled with only Nike shoes.
"It's incredible," said Watts, who lives in Odenton with his wife, SaMonna. "This one tops (Sydney's birth) off."
When the nurses saw the shoes for the first time, many of them squealed with excitement. When Betsey Lewis Snow, senior director of women and children's services, opened the small shoe box, she put her hand over her heart and choked up with emotion.
"Every baby born is a magical moment; this is an Olympic moment," she said.
Each box was wrapped and included a special message from Nike. When the Nike representative read the message to the Watts, he also got choked up and passed it to a nurse to finish reading.
The note read: "It all starts now. 26 years ago, it started in Arnold for a little champ just like you. And in Rio Matt Centrowitz conquered the world. Maybe, someday, that could be you. Or maybe you'll choose to do something else.