LeBron James Gives Special Olympics Athlete a Wonderful Surprise

Charlie Blacks II December 17th 2015 Sports
In the heat of the moment, most professional athletes are unaware of their surroundings. Everything’s in slow motion, all eyes are on you, winning is the ultimate goal but Tuesday night in Boston, Lebron displayed a kind of gratitude that most players wouldn’t express in the midst of a close basketball game.

On December 15, 2015, Aaron Miller was honored by the Celtics during a timeout break after overcoming a medical condition that required thousands of hours of surgery and physical therapy, in which doctors believed would have left Aaron brain damaged and paralyzed for life. After the 16 year old proved his doctors wrong, he now competes in both golf and basketball at his high school in Boston, Newton North High School. The story obviously hit a soft spot of all of those in attendance at TD Garden, as Aaron received a standing ovation from the crowd.
Coming out of the timeout, this is where Lebron wanted to show the 16 year old warrior some love by approaching him for a handshake before getting back into game action. The short exchange left Aaron in awe but to Aaron’s surprise, that wasn’t the end of their exchange. After the Cavaliers 89-77 win over the Boston Celtics, Lebron exchanged a few words with the sports fan and gave the teen his game-worn sneakers. This is the kind of act that not only NBA players should recognize as honorable, but everyone should and act upon.

This is what Lebron had to say about their exchange in his post-game interview, "I wasn't able to hear the whole story because I was in the game and Coach was drawing up the play… But I looked up by the JumboTron and I saw what [Miller had] been through and where he is now. I think the doctor said he would never walk again or talk again... I looked up there and right from there, it became so much more than basketball."
He also noticed that Aaron was wearing a pair of Nike Zoom Soldier 8 Flyease, shoes specifically designed for people with disabilities. "He also had my shoes on," James noted. "I designed those shoes for kids with conditions where they can't tie their own shoestrings, and he had a pair on. Those shoes that he had on are made for kids that can't tie their own shoes, and it's just one strap. When I saw his story, it was just like, I don't know, I felt like I was a part of him. Just showing my respect, gave him my shoes. It was well received by him. It was not for you guys or the fans. It was for him." The Boston Celtics also used Aaron’s experience at Tuesday’s game to donate a pair of tickets that will benefit the teen’s high school.

We would not only want to show appreciation for Lebron’s act of kindness but Aaron Miller for not letting his condition determine his outcome. Even though his doctors were being critical and realistic about his situation, Aaron found the drive to never give up. Most teens and even adults are easily defeated but Aaron is a true example of a hero. Even though Aaron is only 16, we think he’s just as much of a role model and someone to look up to as Lebron James. Thanks for never giving up Aaron.


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