It is impossible to overstate the impact Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. made on modern society. The civil rights leader was a champion for racial equality and social justice, and his words and actions have inspired and will continue to inspire millions of individuals throughout the world. His reach has extended into sports, where athletes from all backgrounds have felt his impact. So with January 15th, Martin Luther King Jr. Day finally here, we took a look at the various ways that players paid tribute to the icon. Here are some of the highlights.
*We’ll be updating this all day with posts from athletes so make sure to check back later.
The NBA Players Association asked players how they would finish Martin Luther King Jr.’s ‘I Have a Dream speech.
Minnesota big man Karl-Anthony Towns and Los Angeles sharpshooter Kyle Kuzma laced up in special pair of shoes that honored the civil rights leader.
— Nice Kicks (@nicekicks) January 15, 2018
Miami’s Udonis Haslem and New York’s Willy Hernangomez are a couple of the many pro athletes who took to Twitter on #MLKDAY.
— Udonis Haslem (@ThisIsUD) January 15, 2018
— Willy Hernangómez Geuer (@willyhg94) January 15, 2018
Martin Luther King Jr. inspired many of the biggest athletes in the world, including LeBron James, J.J. Watt, and Carson Wentz.
-Injustice Anywhere Is A Threat To Justice Everywhere- Our Lives Begin To End The Day We Become Silent About Things That Matter- #ThankYouMLK50
— LeBron James (@KingJames) January 15, 2018
“We must keep moving.
If you can’t fly, run;
if you can’t run, walk;
if you can’t walk, crawl,
but by all means
– Martin Luther King, Jr.#MLKDay
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) January 15, 2018
Love overpowers the hate. Grateful for bold men like MLK that boldly change the World in the name of LOVE. #MLKday
— Carson Wentz (@cj_wentz) January 15, 2018
Plenty of sports team accounts, like Duke Basketball and N.C. State Football, also posted about the inspirational hero.
— Duke Men’s Basketball (@DukeMBB) January 15, 2018
— NC State Football (@PackFootball) January 15, 2018
Eastbay wishes you a happy Martin Luther King Day and hopes that his powerful words can inspire you the same way that they have inspired athletes everywhere.