Obama honors LeBron, LeBron honors his mom and the world embraces #LeBroning
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There were 3 major LeBron stories today. You would think President Obama honoring LeBron James and the Miami Heat at the White House today would be the biggest story. Nope but here is what Obama said about seeing the Heat for the 2nd year in a row.
“So bottom line is: outstanding athletes, outstanding organization, outstanding team but also outstanding members of their community.”
The other story, which was also not the biggest story, is about how this outstanding athlete is also an outstanding son and family man who had a great story to tell about his outstanding champion – his mother. LeBron contributed an essay to The Shriver Report, a “series aimed at helping women overcome challenges,” that payed homage to the woman who raised him to be the man that he is today.
Here’s an excerpt from the essay via Today.com
You think LeBron James is a champion? Gloria James is a champion too. She’s my champion.
My mother really struggled. She had me, her only child, when she was just 16 years old. She was on her own, so we lived in her mom’s great big house in Akron, Ohio. But on Christmas Day when I was 3 years old, my grandmother suddenly died of a heart attack, and everything changed. With my mom being so young and lacking any support and the skills and education necessary to get ahead, it was really hard for us.
We lost the house. We moved around from place to place—a dozen times in three years. It was scary. It was catch as catch can, scraping to get by. My mom worked anywhere and everywhere, trying to make ends meet. But through all of that, I knew one thing for sure: I had my mother to blanket me and to give me security. She was my mother, my father, my everything. She put me first. I knew that no matter what happened, nothing and nobody was more important to her than I was. I went without a lot of things, but never for one second did I feel unimportant or unloved.
I highly recommend everybody read the full essay here and share it with others.
But people aren’t going to share it because they are too busy sharing the newest viral phenomenon titled #LeBroning. That’s right, the newest trend happening in school hallways and even out in public in malls and stores is called LeBroning and it’s done by barely bumping into somebody or something and then flopping in the most exaggerated way possible.
It’s good being the King but some days it can be a real pain in the ass.