With game one of the NBA Finals upon us, we thought we’d throw it back to highlight one of tonight’s superstars, who will surely put on a show: LeBron James.
In 2009, when James was just 24 years old, he surprised one of his biggest fans with a custom-designed bicycle.
The 9-year-old Akron boy named Tylan thought his mom was bringing him to sign up for the St. Vincent’s/St. Mary’s basketball camp, but his jaw hit the floor when James rode in behind him on a new bike built for a king.
Tylan was rewarded by James for earning all A’s and B’s on his report card, and given the two-wheeler for his upcoming bike-a-thon.
“If he continues to be successful in the classroom, he’s going to be successful in the playing fields, too,” James said in the video. “I’m happy for Tylan and I’m happy he’s got a great mom that’s going to keep his head on straight.”
Here’s the clip:
Today, education is higher than ever on James’ priority list. His LeBron James Family Foundation plans to open a public school in Akron that will target kids who are at-risk in reading and need additional guidance before falling behind in school. The school is slated to open in the fall of 2018.