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LeBron James

Nominee, Social Justice Impact Award

LeBron’s meteoric rise started early in his tenure at St. Vincent – St. Mary high school in Akron, OH, where he and the famed “Fab Five” led the school to three state titles in their historic run. Along the way, he earned accolades including Mr. Ohio Basketball (2001-2003), Mr. Basketball (2002-2003), Gatorade Player of the Year (2002) and became a McDonald’s All American MVP in 2003. In the 2003 NBA Draft, LeBron was selected number one overall to his hometown team, the Cleveland Cavaliers.

In his first season, he became the franchise’s first player – and the youngest player ever – to win the NBA Rookie of the Year Award. LeBron spent his first seven seasons in the NBA with the Cleveland Cavaliers. A leader on and off the floor, LeBron helped lead the Cavs to three postseason appearances. In the 2007-2008 season, he won the NBA scoring title averaging 30 points per game. After exercising his free agency for the first time in his career, James joined the Miami Heat in the 2010-11 season. The team won back-to-back championships in 2012 and 2013 with LeBron earning Finals MVP awards in each campaign. In July of 2014, LeBron memorably announced he would return to the Cleveland Cavaliers on a mission to deliver his home state a title. In 2018, LeBron joined the Los Angeles Lakers, taking the opportunity to help return the historic franchise to its former glory. Following in the footsteps of the game’s largest legends, LeBron is now in his second season in purple and gold. Since joining the NBA in 2004, LeBron has been selected to 16 All-Star games, the third most selections in NBA History. In Chicago 2020, he will set the NBA record for All-Star starts with 16. Over the course of his career, LeBron has been named the NBA’s MVP four times (2009, 2010, 2012, 2013) and earned three NBA Finals MVP honors (2012, 2013, 2016). He has been named the All-Star Game MVP three times (2006, 2008, 2018). Additionally, LeBron has proudly represented the USA in the Olympics three times, helping Team USA earn medals in each campaign.

LeBron James goes above and beyond his role as a basketball player. He transformed empowers athletes from across the world to be “More Than.” This is the foundation for all of LeBron’s and Maverick’s businesses, and has become a movement to empower all people.

LeBron and Maverick now host HBO’s critically-acclaimed series “The Shop” that brings together some of the biggest names in sports and entertainment, to have insightful and culturally relevant conversations.

In everything LeBron does and everywhere he goes in the world, family always comes first. Never forgetting where he came from is central to everything LeBron does. Inscribed on every insole of every sneaker of every game are the names of Savannah, Bronny, Bryce, and Zhuri. The James Gang. Family is the heart of LeBron & The LeBron James Family Foundation. As they continue their mission to create real and lasting change in the Akron community, this serves as a reminder that everyone on this journey is family forever.

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