LeBron James has accomplished a lot on the basketball court in his career. He has also made a massive impact off of it. While James has spent a lot of time improving his community in Ohio — in which he not only spent over a decade of his NBA career but was also born and raised in — James is now helping the community of his other former team, the Miami Heat.
LeBron James dominated in four seasons with the Miami Heat
In his first season there in 2010-11, James averaged 26.7 points per game, 7.5 rebounds, and seven assists. He ultimately led the Heat to the NBA Finals too, but they lost to the Dallas Mavericks.
During the 2011-12 season, James not only won the league’s MVP award as he averaged 27.1 points per game, 7.9 rebounds, and 6.2 assists, but he also led the Heat to an NBA championship. James then won a second consecutive MVP award in 2012-13, averaging 26.8 points per game, eight rebounds, and 7.3 assists. The Heat also won a second consecutive NBA championship.
James and the Heat then made a fourth consecutive NBA Finals appearance in 2013-14. They, however, lost to the San Antonio Spurs. James then went back to the Cavaliers in the summer of 2014.
LeBron James and others recently formed a voting rights group
James and a group of Black athletes and entertainers recently started a group that looks to protect the voting rights of African Americans. The organization is called More Than A Vote.
“Because of everything that’s going on, people are finally starting to listen to us — we feel like we’re finally getting a foot in the door,” James said, according to The New York Times. “How long is up to us. We don’t know. But we feel like we’re getting some ears and some attention, and this is the time for us to finally make a difference.”
According to The New York Times, the organization will also look to inspire African Americans to register and vote in November.
“Yes, we want you to go out and vote, but we’re also going to give you the tutorial,” James said, according to The Times. “We’re going to give you the background of how to vote and what they’re trying to do, the other side, to stop you from voting.”
More Than A Vote is helping ex-felons in Florida
James’ group is now helping people from his former team’s home state, Florida. According to Politico, the organization announced recently that it will donate $100,000 to help pay outstanding court debts of ex-felons in the state. This is so they can register to vote.
“Your right to vote shouldn’t depend upon whether or not you can pay to exercise it,” Udonis Haslem said in a statement, according to Politico.
The money will go to the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition. The partnership will make sure that “formerly incarcerated American citizens — many of them Black and brown — are able to pay their outstanding fines and fees and register to vote in the 2020 election and beyond,” per Politico.
According to Politico, ex-felons in Florida had their voting rights restored in 2018. However, a law passed in Florida earlier this year that put restrictions on them. A study even projects that more than 700,000 people in Florida with felony convictions are ineligible to vote due to financial obligations.
James might be focused on helping lead the Los Angeles Lakers to an NBA championship. However, he is still helping others off of the court. In this case, he is helping make sure they can vote.
Stats courtesy of Basketball Reference