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Aug 22, 2017
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LeBron James is a mix of many things: a three-time NBA champion, Nike’s first lifetime endorser, and he's also one of the world’s most famous athletes.

Despite all these accolades, being a perfect role model to the youth and his community is probably one of the most underrated aspects in the King’s long and unfinished legacy.

Apparently, James is not just good at saving games with his court presence and highly skilled play-making decisions. He’s also a lifesaver according to actress Gabrielle Union, the wife of his former teammate Dwayne Wade.

Union recently shared a story of how James risked his own life to save a man from drowning during a snorkeling trip in the Bahamas a few years back, Cavs Nation reports.

“When everyone was back in the boat, LeBron took a count and noticed a man missing, immediately diving back in. ‘He literally brings our friend back, like something out of an episode of Baywatch,’” Union recalled.

With this instance, James’ greatness went beyond the four corners of the basketball court and transcended into the real world, where his feats could be felt by regular folks. This isn’t the first time that he has reached out to the community to help change lives. Here are other times that the King has performed random acts of kindness, which makes him just as royal outside of the game.


Saving Delonte West

Remember Delonte West? The former Cleveland guard previously revealed how James saved him on two occasions when he was experiencing a severe bout of depression that almost made him go over the edge.

“He sat with me in the locker room for like an hour and was rapping it up with me by giving me words of encouragement. Keep in mind, practice was still going on. He left practice and sat with me for a while, just keeping me company. He later walked me down the stairs and said, 'D, I don't know where you're going or what you're about to do, but I'll be right here when you get back.’ My spirits were so high at that point. I don't know what would have happened had I left in the condition I was in prior. It's a testament to the type of person he is," West said of James.

Sending 1,100 kids to school

If you weren’t aware, James is also sending up to 1,100 kids to school through his LeBron James Family Foundation, which sets him back roughly $41 million.

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Speaking out against Trump

Last week, the King used his influence to call out US President Donald Trump on his insensitive comments regarding the recent Charlottesville incident. This became a signal for other NBA stars like Kevin Durant to also start openly expressing their disapproval over Trump’s divisive actions.

Giving his game-worn shoes to a Celtics fan

James, who is a father to three kids, couldn’t help but approach and congratulate then 16-year-old Special Olympics MVP Aaron Miller after seeing the youngster’s story on the Jumbotron. The Boston Celtics fan apparently went through a lot, including a brain condition that causes paralysis. After the game, James gifted his shoes to the ecstatic Miller.

Surprising his biggest fan

Even before gaining all his titles and achievements, LeBron was always giving back to the community, especially to his younger fans. Here, we see James gifting a bike to 9-year-old Tylan, who his mom says is his biggest fan ever.

 

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