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President's Award

LeBron James

LeBron James is widely considered one of the greatest athletes of his generation and has transcended sport to become a cultural icon. James’ achievements on the court include four NBA Most Valuable Player Awards, four NBA Championships and four NBA Finals MVP Awards, two Olympic gold medals and an NBA scoring title. He is the all-time NBA playoffs scoring leader and has amassed seventeen NBA All-Star appearances, a record thirteen All-NBA First Team selections, and five All-Defensive First Team honors.

Throughout his career, James has used his platform to inspire and uplift others, namely through the LeBron James Family Foundation that is redefining community and building stronger families in his hometown of Akron, Ohio.  Founded by James in 2004, LJFF invests its time, resources and passion into creating generational change for kids and families through a focus on education and co-curricular educational initiatives. With its foundational I PROMISE Program, LJFF serves more than 1,500 students and their entire families by providing them with the fundamental resources, wraparound supports and family programming they need for success in school and beyond. In 2018, the Foundation partnered with Akron Public Schools to build all of its family-first programming and academic interventions into the groundbreaking I PROMISE School that has created a new model for urban, public education. The Foundation has layered in additional supports including higher education and family programming at the I PROMISE Institute, transitional housing at the I PROMISE Village, long-term housing at the upcoming I PROMISE Housing, job training, financial health and community space at the innovative House Three Thirty, and other immediately impactful activations that are transforming the Akron community, creating a movement that can positively impact the entire country.

James is also using his platform to uplift his community through More Than A Vote, a coalition of Black athletes and artists he founded in 2020 to combat voter suppression. More Than A Vote is dedicated to educating, energizing and protecting Black voters.

James has infused his commitment to empowerment into the business and entertainment sectors through The SpringHill Company, a global consumer and entertainment brand created to empower greatness in every individual. The SpringHill Company unites three companies founded by James and Maverick Carter: UNINTERRUPTED, the athlete empowerment media and consumer product company, SpringHill Entertainment, the premium scripted and unscripted film and television production company and The Robot Company, the brand and culture consultancy. TSHC has a growing slate of award-winning and original content properties including The Shop: Uninterrupted, Kneading Dough and More Than An Athlete that are impacting culture and inspiring important conversations.

Coupled with his achievements in sports, business, philanthropy and activism, James’ diverse business portfolio of innovative partnerships and investments has established him as one of the most influential figures in the world. James has appeared on Forbes’ list of the world most powerful celebrities, TIME’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world, and Bloomberg BusinessWeek’s 100 Most Influential People in Sports.