For years, LeBron James has inspired kids with his prowess on the basketball court. Now he wants to send the same encouraging message through storytelling.
화요일에, the NBA star released his second kids’ 책, 우리는 가족, which follows five friends as they navigate life and the basketball season. The middle-grade novel is a follow up to his picture book debut, 그냥 홈보이 하고 결국 팀 이라고 생각 하기 시작, which was inspired by his school of the same name. (그 책, co-written with Andrea Williams, is published by HarperCollins Children’s Books.)
“I believe kids need some inspiration and hope to go for their dreams,” 제임스, 36, shares in an email Q&A with PEOPLE. “In middle school, there’s a lot of life and learning happening, and I experienced all those feelings of stress and uncertainty about so many things at such a young age — much like the kids in my I PROMISE program are going through today.”
“With this book,” 그는 계속한다, “we wanted to continue to share the message that even if it feels like life is throwing you a bunch of obstacles, if you work hard, believe in yourself and the people around you, and never let anything get in your way, everything will work itself out.”
James drew from his own experiences growing up in Akron, 오하이오, when he wrote 우리는 가족.
에서 가장 큰 이야기를 얻고 싶어 사람들 평일마다? 새로운 팟캐스트 구독, 사람들은 매일, 필수적인 유명인을 얻기 위해, 월요일부터 금요일까지 엔터테인먼트 및 인간 관심 뉴스.
“The premise came very easily and naturally because I can relate to a lot of those experiences. Being raised by a single mom and wanting to take care of her,” 그는 말한다. “Seeing basketball as my only way out of the situation we were in. Being part of a community and a family that helped get me through the hard times to achieve my potential.”
The athlete and philanthropist explains that he has a “natural connection” to the character Jayden, the main protagonist who joins his friends to save their basketball season.
“He wants to do everything he can to make it in basketball because it’s his passion, but even more, it’s his way of giving back to his mom and his family that sacrificed everything so he could be successful,” writes James. “When I was growing up in the inner city, my motivation was my mom and being able to take care of her. But I knew I couldn’t do it alone. Like Jayden, I had a group of friends and mentors that were more like family that made me who I am today.”
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James doesn’t want the kids at his school or his young readers to doubt their abilities or give up on their dreams.
“If it’s a dream of yours and you’re passionate about it, you can’t let a roadblock or some adversity or something that doesn’t go your way burst that dream into flames,” 그는 설명한다. “The idea of giving up doesn’t sit well with me, and I don’t want it to sit well with any kid because for me, there were times when my dreams very easily could not have become a reality.”
제임스’ 메세지: He made it, and so can you.
“I’m sitting here today telling you every dream can absolutely become reality,” 그는 말한다. “You just have to go for it.”
우리는 가족 지금 판매 중입니다.