CLEVELAND >> LeBron James has given Hillary Clinton an assist.
The NBA superstar, who helped end Cleveland’s championship drought earlier this summer by winning a title with the Cavaliers, is backing Clinton for president. James believes Clinton can do more to help at-risk kids like he once was, saying she’s the only candidate who “truly understands the struggles of an Akron child born into poverty.”
James endorsed Clinton in an editorial written for the Akron-Beacon Journal, his hometown newspaper. The editorial was in the newspaper’s print edition Monday and also published online by Business Insider .
A father of three, James explained he returned to Ohio in 2014 with two missions: to win a championship and help area children by giving them “the resources and opportunities they need to stay in school and reach their dreams through education.” James feels Clinton’s background as “a champion” in working to improve public schools and more makes her worthy of his vote.
The 31-year-old James campaigned for President Obama in 2008.
Clinton said that she’s thrilled to receive the endorsement of James.
Giving a speech in Toledo, Clinton said the Ohio native nicknamed “King James” is a longtime, dedicated advocate for children. The Democratic presidential nominee said they both share the belief that every child should have the chance to live up to his or her God-given potential.
“I hope to be elected president, but I know here in Ohio, LeBron will always be the king,” she said. She was making a second stop in Ohio this afternoon in James’ hometown of Akron.