LeBron James To Receive NAACP Jackie Robinson Sports Award
For the first time in almost two decades, the NAACP will be awarding its prestigious Jackie Robinson Sports Award to the one, the only — LeBron James. In almost the same time, the 14 year NBA veteran has been the pillar of positivity in the sports world—and one of the most respected + talented athletes of all time.
Chairman of the National Board of Directors for the NAACP, Roslyn M. Brock, will present the Akron, Ohio born superstar with the honor during the Cleveland Cavaliers’ pre-game ceremonies at The Quicken Loans Arena when they play tonight (Feb. 1). Highlights from the ceremony will air during the 48th Annual NAACP Image Awards, which will be hosted by Anthony Anderson live on TV ONE on Feb. 11.
Celebrating the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature, film and sports — past recipients of the Jackie Robinson Sports Award have been those who promoted social justice through creative endeavors. The likes of Eddie Robinson, Michael Jordan, Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Anita DeFrantz are just a few who have been honored with such distinction.
A three-time NBA champion, LeBron James is fighting alongside his Cavaliers to repeat after winning the title for his hometown in 2016. A huge charitable contributor to Cleveland, Akron and the nation as a whole through the LeBron James Family Foundation, LBJ aims to positively affect the lives of children and young adults through education and co-curricular educational initiatives. From focusing on the high school dropout crisis to helping students to transition into college through his partnership with the University of Akron — #23 has used his influence in a focused way to move an entire community from the starting line to excellence.
The 48th Annual NAACP Image Awards will be a two-hour special airing on TV ONE at 9:00 p.m. EST.