By Bo Thornton,
First Lady Michelle Obama and Lebron James have teamed up once again. Instead of meeting to be recognized for winning championships or filming healthy eating ads at the White House, this time the FLOTUS and King James met onstage in the University of Akron’s massive Rhodes Arena. Entering to Beyoncée’s “Run the World (Girls),” to the excitement of thousands of screaming students, Mrs. Obama showed her appreciation for the NBA great by wrapping him in a bear hug.
The First Lady mentioned that she made LeBron aware that he had two huge fans in the White House–herself and President Obama. She went on to acknowledge that even though LeBron is probably best known for being one of the best ever to play in the NBA as well as one of the greatest athletes on the planet, they loved him because of the man that he is. Stating, “He is stepping up so huge.”
Mrs. Obama traveled to LeBron’s hometown of Akron, Ohio as part of her Reach Higher mission aimed at getting young students committed to education beyond high school with special emphasis on students who wouldn’t otherwise have someone encouraging them to apply to college, helping them with applications and financial-aid forms.
“Me and LeBron, we were kids just like you. …We didn’t come from places where families had a lot of money and a lot of resources,” Mrs. Obama said. “But we’re standing here today. If we can be here, we know you can be here too.”
This past summer, James, the Cleveland Cavaliers superstar, launched a partnership with the University of Akron to provide free four-year scholarships to city students who qualify.
“Paid for. Done. Wow. That is a blessing,” Mrs. Obama told the crowd. “You’ve got college paid for. Are you going to do the work to get there?”
James told the crowd: “You kids, you guys are like the icing on the cake for me in everything that I do.”
LeBron is known to be quite the philanthropist with contributions to After School All Stars, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Children’s Defense Fund as well as his own Charity The LeBron James Family Foundation.