LeBron James Is Now Using His Talents To Make Social Change (Video)
Even in the NBA off-season, LeBron James drives to the lane. Above and beyond his aspirations on the court, the four-time NBA MVP is out to effect lasting change through his charitable work. The recent opening of the I Promise public elementary school in his hometown of Akron, Ohio has garnered a lot of attention, but it is only one of his many admirable philanthropic endeavors. The three-time NBA champion has also used his position to speak out against racism in the league, police brutality, and use his voice to drive and shape conversations in response to politics and government leadership.
While the 33-year-old may be a notable humanitarian, he is also a highly respected businessman. On top of his countless endorsement deals, James and his partner in SpringHill Entertainment, Maverick Carter, have started to make their presence felt in Hollywood. Not only is SpringHill behind a House Party remake and an untitled comedy that James reportedly co-wrote, the company is also producing a docu-series for the Showtime network titled Shut Up And Dribble. The name alludes to the comment Fox News Channel personality Laura Anne Ingraham leveled at James in response to his support of the championship Golden State Warriors declining a White House invitation from Donald Trump.
According to Variety, Shut Up And Dribble will examine the relationship between pro sports and politics. Within three episodes this series will trace the history of the NBA from its humble beginnings, 1976 ABA merger, and detail how its players have become such strong voices in US (and even foreign) politics.
Gotham Chopra (Religion Of Sports) will direct, as well as executive produce with James and Carter.
#BonusBeat: LeBron James speech at the opening of his I Promise school in Akron: