LeBron James, the MVP of the Cleveland Cavaliers NBA championship took to Business Insider on Tuesday to discuss his decision to vote for Hillary Clinton.
In an op-ed for the website, which also appeared in the Akron Beacon-Journal, James focused on economically challenged kids in his hometown who grew up like him, but do not have the opportunities in sports like basketball to lift them out of poverty.
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.
…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.
James says the presidential candidate who believes as he does in the same ideals of organizations he’s founded like the Wheels for Education and Akron I PROMISE Network and the LeBron James Family Foundation is Hillary Clinton.
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.
Like my foundation, Hillary has always been a champion for children and their futures. For over 40 years, she’s been working to improve public schools, expand access to health care, support children’s hospitals, and so much more.
Read the full op-ed at Business Insider.com.