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LeBron James gives Special Olympics athlete game-worn shoes after Celtics game

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LeBron James is an All-Star on the court and the four-time NBA MVP proved this week that he is an all-star off it too.

During the Cleveland Cavaliers' Tuesday game against the Boston Celtics, Special Olympics athlete Aaron Miller - who suffers from a form of cerebral palsy called spastic diplegia - was honored as the night's 'Hero Among Us' recipient.

Great moment

And, despite being in the huddle at the time discussing a play, James ensured he made Miller's night even more special with a spur of the moment act.

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Jogging over to where Miller was standing courtside, LeBron personally congratulated the inspirational youngster, telling him he was "awesome" and "you deserve everything."

You can see how much the moment meant to Miller in the below video.

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And it got even better for the golf and basketball-playing Massachusetts native at the end of the game when James made his way to find him once again, handing over his game worn sneakers as a memento of the evening.

"A part of him"

Speaking in the locker room afterwards, the NBA superstar told reporters his actions weren't for the cameras or the fans, it was a moment between him and Miller.

"I looked up by the JumboTron and I saw what [he had] been through and where he is now," James explained, via The Post Game.

"I think the doctor said he would never walk again or talk again...I looked up there and right from there, it became so much more than basketball."

James, in his role with Nike, has recently helped create a shoe specifically designed for those with special needs. Miller just so happened to be wearing a pair of the Nike Zoom Solider 8 Flyease:

"I designed those shoes for kids with conditions where they can't tie their own shoestrings, and he had a pair on," he said.

"Those shoes that he had on are made for kids that can't tie their own shoes, and it's just one strap. When I saw his story, it was just like, I don't know, I felt like I was a part of him."

"Just showing my respect, gave him my shoes. It was well received by him. It was not for you guys or the fans. It was for him."

Truly one of the good guys.

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