LeBron James surprised a very important fan at Tuesday’s (Dec. 15) Cleveland Cavaliers/ Boston Celtics game at Boston’s TD Garden Arena.
Sixteen-year-old Special Olympics athlete Aaron Miller has overcome brain damage and several surgeries and became a member of his high school’s golf and basketball teams this year. The young baller was recently named MVP of his team during a tournament, and during the NBA game’s halftime last night, he was honored for his accomplishments with a standing ovation. None other than King James came up to Aaron during a time out and gave him a handshake and a hello, placing a cherry on top of an already memorable night for this young athlete.
When asked about the touching moment, James told reporters: “I wasn’t able to hear the whole story because I was actually in the game and coach was drawing up a play, but I looked up at the jumbotron, and I had seen what he’s been through and where he is now. And the doctors said he would never walk again or talk again or something. Right from there it’s just, this game is so much more than basketball.”
He also noticed that Aaron was wearing shoes from his Nike LeBron collection, which he acknowledged was designed for kids who have disabilities, according to Business Insider.
“I designed those shoes for kids with conditions where they’re not able to put their own shoe strings, not able to tie their own shoe strings,” he explained. “And he had a pair on.” He also gave Miller his game shoes afterwards. The Cavs triumphed over the Celtics 89-77.
Check out the moment this young man surely won’t forget below. Good on ya, LeBron.
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