Marching onstage in the University of Akron’s massive Rhodes Arena to Beyoncé’s “Run the World (Girls),” Michelle Obama sealed her partnership with NBA great LeBron James on Wednesday by wrapping him in a bear hug.
To thousands of screaming teens and tweens, the First Lady said, “Mr. LeBron, as you call him—I was telling Mr. LeBron that he has two huge fans in the White House. That’s me and that’s President Obama. Now, yes, [LeBron] is probably one of the greatest athletes on the planet. But we love this man because of the man he is. You know? … He is stepping up so huge.”
Mrs. Obama traveled to James’ hometown of Akron, Ohio as part of her #ReachHigher mission to get kids committed to education beyond high school—especially kids who wouldn’t otherwise have someone encouraging them to apply to college, let alone helping them with applications and financial-aid forms.