LeBron James makes it a point to meet Special Olympics athlete
LeBron James is one of the best basketball players on the planet.
He’s also a pretty good person, too.
The Cleveland Cavaliers star, who has been known to be one of the more charitable athletes in the league, took a moment during his team’s game against the Boston Celtics Tuesday to acknowledge a fellow star from the sports world.
According to NESN.com, the young man James went over to meet was 16-year-old Special Olympics athlete Aaron Miller, who has overcome brain damage and multiple surgeries to be able to play on his high school’s golf and basketball teams.
James learned of who Miller was when his story was displayed on the videoboard as the game’s “Hero Among Us” promotion.
“I wasn’t able to hear the whole story because I was in the game and coach was drawing up a play, but I looked up at the jumbotron and I saw what he’s been through and where he is now — I think the doctors said he would never walk again or talk again, or something like that — this game means so much more than basketball,” James said.
“I also saw he had my shoes on, I designed those shoes for kids with conditions where they’re not able to tie their own shoestrings. He had a pair on. Those shoes he had on are made for kids who can’t tie their own shoes, it’s just one strap and they’re able to get them on with one hand or whatever the case may be. When I saw that and I saw his story, I just felt like I was a part of him. I just showed him my respect and gave him my shoes. It was well-received by him.”
James can be seen giving his shoes away here:
— Brian Andrews (@bandrewsecho) December 16, 2015