We all had hobbies and imagined stuff as kids. But, not many of us know a thing about LeBron James and his favorite childhood hobby.
The NBA star is filling headlines across the country, and everyone is raging for the school he opened recently. People are praising the king of basketball for his great gesture, and yes, he did an amazing thing for his community. Those kids need all the care they can get, and LeBron gave them a chance to become successful. Let’s go back to his hobby.
The I Promise School initiative is James’ efforts to give at-risk youth an opportunity to live a better life. Each of the students will be given a scholarship for the University of Akron. It may strange to you, but the kids will also get a helmet and a bicycle.
“Everything I do comes from my childhood, from my growing up, and what I feel was part of my success. A bicycle, for me, was the only way to get around the city. If I wanted to meet some of my friends, travel across the city, go to school, play basketball—anything—the bicycle was the way I got around,” LeBron said in one of his recent interviews.
“Me and my friends, when we got on our bikes, we would just ride. Sometimes we would even get lost because we’d be gone for so long. But there was a sense of joy and comfort. There was nothing that really could stop us. We felt like we were on top of the world. It was a way of life. If you had a bike, it was a way to kind of let go and be free,” he added.
King James also spoke about his first bike, but he doesn’t really remember the details of the story. “I wish I could. I used to love those Mongoose bikes with the pegs on the back, and people used to ride [the pegs.] I loved those. And then a 10-speed that came out by Huffy—I remember that, being able to start changing gears. There were a lot of hills we used to ride [in Akron]—especially one hill called North Hill. It was a massive hill, and if you didn’t have any gears, it was going to take you a long time,” LeBron said.
So, yes, the king can be spotted riding a bike once in a while. His NBA schedule may be busy, but those cheap thrills mean a lot to him.