LeBron James celebrates winning the Men's Basketball gold medal game at the London 2012 Olympics Games on Aug. 12, 2012 in London, England.
An NBA champion and NBA Finals MVP for the fourth time, it’s no wonder LeBron James was also the people’s choice as Game Changer of 2020.
James was the choice of fans in online voting for the 46th People’s Choice Awards, held in a ceremony in front of a virtual audience Sunday evening. The Game Changer of 2020 category honors an athlete not only for his or her athletic achievements, but also “their philanthropy and generosity beyond the playing field.” James certainly fits both criteria, not only bringing a championship back to the Los Angeles Lakers this year but also continuing his advocacy off the court.
In 2020, James has spoken out against police brutality and supported movements for racial justice. James has 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.
A two-time Olympic gold medalist, James was not the only Olympian up for Game Changer of 2020. Also nominated were Simone Biles, Michael Jordan and Serena Williams. James was also nominated in the Social Celebrity of 2020 category, but lost to singer Ariana Grande. The People’s Choice Awards allow fans to vote for their favorites from movies, music, pop culture and more.