LA Laker star LeBron James has been named the Time magazine’s athlete of the year, for his work against “voter suppression.”
James’ More Than a Vote organization was formed immediately after the death of George Floyd. The athlete created the nonprofit to organize and educate black voters in the face of “ voter suppression” and drive record turnout in the 2020 election.
“After nearly two decades in the NBA, James has fully embraced that his talent on the court is a means to achieving something greater off it,” TIME wrote in its announcement. “And this year, more than in any before it, he showed why he is unrivaled in both.”
“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 of his organization. “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.”
Earlier this week James was named one of Sports Illustrated’s sportspeople of the year, honoring athletes who excelled on and off the playing fields through “community service and activism.”
“[It’s] being able to go out there and not only perform at a high level in what we do as far as our profession, but also being able to change lives and create opportunities, empower people and inspire people off the floor, not only in our communities but all over the world,” James said of the Sports Illustrated. “It means a lot to be a part of that group, to be the first-ever three-time winner of this award. I’m very humbled. It means a lot to my family and my friends and the kids in my foundation and my school back home and my city of Akron where I come from.”
James insisted that he “didn’t pick one side versus the other side” even though all his efforts were only focused on neighborhoods in far-left districts in big cities, according to Breitbart.