LeBron James, (whether he gets Cleveland to a second straight NBA title, or not), was chosen this season as the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award winner, voted by the Professional Basketball Writers Association. The award is named after J. Walter Kennedy, who served as the NBA’s second commissioner.
The award’s recipient is held to a standard of outstanding service and dedication to the community. Twenty-six nominees for the award are annually submitted to the PBWA, then honed down to five final candidates. Among this season’s other possible recipients were Jimmy Butler, Chicago Bulls; Zach Randolph, Memphis Grizzlies; CJ McCollum, Portland Trail Blazers; and Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks.
James, at 32, is approaching his twilight in playing time, but one of his legacy’s lasting movements will be his efforts on the behalf of disadvantaged kids, something James himself grew up around.
Improving the educational opportunities of these under-privileged kids is something James emerged himself in after learning the horrendously bad percentages of children in Akron, Ohio, his hometown, completing school.
The LeBron James Family Foundation (LJFF) motivates kids in crisis to stay in school and aspire to college educations, as well. And James is a hands-on, tireless agent for their success.
Sports hero? Role model? LeBron James absolutely fills the role!
Featured Photo is from a portion of the cover of the book “Tournament Crisis”, a Chip Hilton Sports Story, by Claire Bee, 1957, by Mary M. Bee, Grosset & Dunlap Publishers, New York, (from the blog author’s personal copy of the book.)