As LeBron James himself says, he is more than just an athlete.
While he has an incredible basketball resume and has won four NBA championships, the most recent in 2020 with the Los Angeles Lakers, that’s just the beginning of his impact.
James has done a lot off the court to help others, especially poor and at-risk children. A few months ago, he opened a Starbucks in his hometown of Akron, Ohio, with the goal of giving employees job-training credentials to pursue careers in the hospitality industry.
He has also positioned himself as a social activist by speaking out on some of today’s hot-button issues.
Some have criticized James for inserting himself into the country’s political discourse, but ESPN’s Mike Greenberg believes it’s all about improving the lives of others outside of basketball (h/t The Cold Wire) .
“LeBron has done more in the community than almost anyone else in any walk of life in our society. He’s never been in any trouble. You’ve handled the ridiculous criticism really well and managed to get away with it. Actual… pic.twitter.com/TaQr49ykrk
— Legion Hoops (@LegionHoops) August 27, 2023
James has definitely had his share of hiccups off the court – with “The Decision” in 2010 being the most notable. But overall, as a husband, father, philanthropist, and American citizen, he is a great role model to follow.
Story originally appeared on LeBron Wire