Cleveland Cavaliers star, LeBron James, arguably the most famous Ohioan, has just announced his endorsement for Hillary Clinton. In is a beautifully written, heart-felt statement entitled, “Why I’m endorsing Hillary Clinton,” this man who is revered for his athletic prowess and his sportsmanship and who is now dedicating his life and using his own successes to help disadvantaged youth in Ohio, explains his reasoning. His endorsement was published online yesterday by the Business Insider and will be published in the print edition of the Akron Beacon Journal today. Here is an excerpt:
As a kid, I didn’t have much money. It was just my mom and me, and things were rough at times. But I had basketball. That gave me a family, a community, and an education. That’s more than a lot of children in Akron can say. There are a lot of people who want to tell kids who grew up like me and looked like me that they just don’t have anything to look forward to.
That’s dead wrong. And that’s why I came back to Cleveland to continue my second mission. I am determined to make sure my kids in Akron have what they need to become their best selves. Opportunities, a support system, and a safety net for kids in poverty or kids in single-parent households shouldn’t be limited to those lucky enough to be blessed with athletic talent.
When I entered the league, I founded the LeBron James Family Foundation. I didn’t know it at the time, but my mission has become clear. We give kids in Akron the resources and opportunities they need to stay in school and reach their dreams through education.
When I look at this year’s presidential race, it’s clear which candidate believes the same thing. Only one person running truly understands the struggles of an Akron child born into poverty. And when I think about the kinds of policies and ideas the kids in my foundation need from our government, the choice is clear.
I support Hillary because she will build on the legacy of my good friend, President Barack Obama. I believe in what President Obama has done for our country and support her commitment to continuing that legacy.
[Read LeBron James’ full endorsement statement “Why I’m endorsing Hillary Clinton” here.]