I’ve mentioned our nephew Andrew Kishman before. He is the pastor of the Miller Avenue United Church of Christ in Akron, in a neighborhood that has fallen on very tough times. Helping the people — of all faiths — who live in that decayed, dangerous place is a tough challenge, but it is a challenge that Andrew is willing to tackle. Our whole family is proud of him.
This morning Andrew wrote a wonderful piece about his thoughts on the decision of LeBron James to return to his roots. It’s an interesting take that you’ve probably not seen elsewhere, because it is written from the perspective of someone who struggles every day to give hope to kids whose situations seem hopeless. Andrew thinks that this famous athlete’s recognition of the pull of the community from whence he came, and his interest in giving back to that community in the way that only athletes can, might just provide that hope.
I think it’s nice of Andrew to thank LeBron — but I also think it would be nice for LeBron, and others, to thank people like Andrew.