‘I Promise to Never Forget Where I Came From’

“They just look at him as LeBron James, the kid from the neighborhood”: Dan Robson reports from Akron and Cleveland in Ohio, meeting with Lebron James’s fans, surrogate father, former coaches, and the residents who watched him grow up.

Author: Dan Robson
Source: Sportsnet
Published: Sep 22, 2014
Length: 21 minutes (5,407 words)

This Is Our House

In Haiti, the country’s first little league team is inspiring hope for a young generation:

“There are typical boyhood illusions drifting through the minds of those riding in the truck through the streets of Port-au-Prince. There are would-be rappers, of course—young Eminems and 50 Cents, little Lil Waynes, and in a few years, tiny Drakes are sure to arrive in the slums of Tabarre. There are most certainly one-day-Messis and -Balotellis clinging to this shaky ride. And yes, today, there are future ball players, too. There is at least one young man who sleeps next to Jose Bautista’s bat and dreams of slugging a home run out of the Rogers Centre a world away from Haiti. A home run for his mom, perhaps. And another one for Tabarre and its Tigers.”

Author: Dan Robson
Source: Sportsnet
Published: Sep 4, 2013
Length: 18 minutes (4,625 words)