NBA-star LeBron James plays for the Miami Heat. In high school, LeBron earned the nickname “King James” for his power on the basketball court. Standing 6 feet 8 inches tall, he has played small forward and power forward. In 2013, for the second year in a row, James helped the Heat win the NBA championship. He was voted Most Valuable Player for the 2013 finals and championship game.
James has won two NBA championships, an NBA scoring title, and an NBA Rookie of the Year award. The three-time Olympic medalist is also the Cleveland Cavaliers’ all-time leading scorer. Some sports experts have called James the best overall athlete. Still, despite his skill, he’s a team player. James hosted his teammates on the Miami Heat for Thanksgiving, serving a big meal to his team while on the road in his hometown of Akron, Ohio.
James has used his success to help others off the court. He is an active supporter of the Boys & Girls Club of America, Children’s Defense Fund, and ONEXONE —a non-profit foundation that works to improve children’s lives one at a time. James also founded the LeBron James Family Foundation—a group that provides educational and co-curricular opportunities to young people.
For being a leader in his sport and using his status to call attention to education and development, LeBron James is a nominee for TFK's 2013 Person of the Year.
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