Lots of kids think their dad is a superhero. LeBron James Jr., whose NBA superstar father’s antics during AAU basketball games probably annoy him, might actually be one.
At least LeBron James is a superhero according to Gabrielle Union, his friend and the wife of friend and former teammate Dwyane Wade. According to the actress, a few years back—possibly during the now-famous “Banana Boat Crew” trip in which they were joined by Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul—she and Wade were on a vacation in the Bahamas with LeBron and some other friends when the Cleveland Cavaliers star morphed into a superhero to rescue a snorkeler who’d been left behind.
Union shared the story with Vogue‘s Robert Sullivan:
Union and her husband, Dwyane Wade, with other friends and athletes, were out snorkeling in the Bahamas a few years back. Some, including Wade, were ocean-shy, city-born and not as strong at swimming as LeBron. (“LeBron, it turns out, is Aquaman!” Union says.)
Eventually, the group got out in the water, though at the end of the swim, when everyone was back in the boat, LeBron took a count and noticed a man missing, immediately diving back in. “He literally brings our friend back, like something out of an episode of Baywatch,” Union says. “Because he’s that guy, and when you see that, you know he is not going to leave these at-risk kids behind or an NBA player snorkeling. He’s that guy who dives in.”
Even if he doesn’t possess actual superpowers—a fact that I still say is debatable—James certainly is a hero to many, particularly the kids of Akron, Ohio, his hometown.
In 2016, the three-time NBA champion pledged over $87 million in scholarship money to children in the area.
“It’s the reason I do what I do,” James said last year. “These students have big dreams, and I’m happy to do everything I can to help them get there. They’re going to have to earn it, but I’m excited to see what these kids can accomplish knowing that college is in their futures.”