NBA champion LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers has officially endorsed Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton for president.
A native to Akron, Ohio, James endorsed the former secretary of state on Oct. 2, a day before she was scheduled to campaign in his hometown.
“I am determined to make sure my kids in Akron have what they need to become their best selves… Only one person running truly understands the struggles of an Akron child born into poverty,” James wrote in an opinion article for Business Insider.
“I support Hillary because she will build on the legacy of my good friend, President Barack Obama,” James continued. “I believe in what President Obama has done for our country and support her commitment to continuing that legacy.”
James is a personal friend of President Obama and has helped his campaigns since the 2008 presidential race.
The Cleveland Cavaliers player explained that he has made it his mission to improve the lives of children growing up in his hometown. In his view, Clinton is the only candidate who has a similar dedication to providing opportunities to children.
“For over 40 years, she’s been working to improve public schools, expand access to health care, support children’s hospitals, and so much more ... She also has plans to make college a reality for more people in America, especially for those who can’t afford it,” James wrote.
The NBA champion added that he believes that Clinton is the only candidate who will address “the violence, of every kind, the African-American community is experiencing in our streets and seeing on our TVs.”
James concluded “we need a president who brings us together and keeps us unified ... And Hilly is running on the message of hope and unity that we need.”
Republican nominee Donald Trump has a slim edge in Ohio, a key swing state that could help determine the outcome of the November election.
Aggregating the last six Ohio polls released since Sept. 9, Real Clear Politics found that Trump currently leads in the state by an average of 1.8 percentage points.
On Oct. 3, Clinton will campaign in Akron and deliver a speech outlining her economic agenda in Toledo. The Clinton campaign is confident that while Trump must secure Ohio to win the White House, the Democratic nominee is not under the same pressure, Time reports.
“If we get results in early on Ohio on election night, and we win, I don’t know what other states Trump will be waiting for,” said Harrell Kirstein, the Clinton campaign communications director in Ohio. “There are a couple of ways that we can stop him in his tracks, and [Ohio] is one of them.”