LeBron James celebrates winning the men’s basketball gold medal match at the London 2012 Olympic Games on August 12, 2012 in London, England.
NBA Champion and NBA Finals MVP for the fourth time, it’s no wonder that LeBron James was also the public’s choice as the Game Changer of 2020.
James was the fans’ choice in online voting for the 46th People’s Choice Awards, held Sunday night in front of a virtual audience. The Game Changer of 2020 category honors an athlete not only for their athletic achievement, but also for “their philanthropy and generosity beyond the playing field.” James certainly meets both criteria, not only bringing a championship back to the Los Angeles Lakers this year, but continuing his advocacy off the field as well.
In 2020, James spoke out against police brutality and supported the racial justice movements. James also continued his involvement with the LeBron James Family Foundation, dedicated to improving education in underserved communities, such as James’ hometown of Akron, Ohio. Through his foundation, James has also helped people affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
Two-time Olympic gold medalist, James was not the only Olympian to compete in Game Changer of 2020. Simone Biles, Michael Jordan and Serena Williams were also nominated. James was also nominated in the Social Celebrity category of 2020, but lost to singer Ariana Grande. The People’s Choice Awards allow fans to vote for their favorite movies, music, pop culture and more.