By Victor Ochieng
NBA superstar LeBron James continues to win the hearts of many people through his acts of kindness. Last year, he partnered with the University of Akron to provide full scholarships to more than 1,000 students, a move that reaffirmed his commitment to ensure that children go to school.
James also got a moment on The Daily Show on Wednesday to discuss a number of his off-the-court activities, especially those by LeBron James Charity Foundation.
It became clear through that interview that James isn’t your ordinary basketball star.
During the show, James stressed on the issue of educating the community and giving back to society in all sorts of ways. He seized the opportunity to promote his LeBron James Charity Foundation, which has done numerous great things for the community. James, who also considers himself an activist of sort, is a voice that many people listen to and it’s refreshing to learn that he’s committed to leaving the world a better place than he found it.
“I’m not a politician, but I know what I’m about, and I know what I represent,” James told the show host Trevor Noah. “I know how many kids look up to me for guidance. I feel like if there’s something going on in our society that I feel very passionately about, then I’ll speak upon it, no matter what anyone says about it.”
In the second part of the show, there were highlights of four entrepreneurs from the city of Cleveland as part of James’ Cleveland Hustles show. The 31-year-old star said he’s producing the show because he feels a strong connection with small business people whose activities are highlighted in the program.
“When I was a kid, I just had so many ideas in my head,” he explained. “One of the ideas I had was, if I have an opportunity, I want to be able to create jobs for people [and] create an opportunity where people can feel empowered.”
In a tweet after the interview, Noah said, “Honestly @KingJames is one of the most amazing human beings I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting.”
Maybe his charity works are the reason he continues to receive blessings. Just recently, he was crowned MVP after steering his Cavaliers team to win the NBA title, ending years of title drought. He also recently inked a three-year contract of $100 million; a deal that made him the highest paid player in the league. Still, he’s happy to be with his home team.
“It feels so good to be back with my hometown team and just commit for another three years on continuing to build excellence on the court and off the floor. It’s a good time for my family, a good time for Cavaliers fans, and everyone else that’s a part of it,” the father of three said during an interview with Good Morning America.
“What my foundation has been able to do has been unbelievable,” James told host Robin Roberts. “Just to hit home, into our inner city, make sure our kids understand how important they are to us long-term, because they’re our future. I don’t have all the answers. I know that. But what I do know is going back into our communities — it starts there.”