Here’s what LeBron James and Hillary Clinton have in common
DJ Steph Floss—DJ to the Cleveland Cavaliers—says the basketball star and the presidential candidate have a lot in common.
“I was born and raised in Cleveland. Growing up, I was lucky enough to attend some great schools in Cleveland — and I ended up getting a full scholarship at Ohio State for college. I had always loved music, so while I was at OSU, I bought some equipment and taught myself how to DJ. After college, I moved back to Cleveland, continued DJing local events, and through some friends, started working as the Cavaliers’ DJ. The rest is history — this is my 9th season with the team and it’s just been phenomenal. We’re looking at back-to-back rings this year!
“Cleveland is such a special city to me. This place is home to the best sports fans in the world. Sports are big in Cleveland, but it’s always been about more than just the game itself. It’s about people coming together through common interests, despite differences in culture, ethnicity, religion, or politics. This city believes in itself, and that’s what I love most about it.
“I endorsed President Obama when he ran for reelection, and last year, when all of the candidates announced their campaigns, I knew right away that my vote would be for Hillary. I’m voting early for her this weekend! I regularly DJ for campaign events here in Ohio, and the similarities between these crowds and our Cavs’ crowds are great — everyone is energized, positive, and passionate for their people — whether LeBron or Hillary.
“To be honest, I was extremely nervous when I met President Clinton and later, Secretary Clinton. I had no idea what I should say — do I shake hands? Go in for the hug? When I first met President Clinton, he greeted me so warmly and was excited when I told him that I was the Cavs’ DJ. He started chatting about LeBron, game seven of the Championship series, and how he was a huge fan of our team. We spoke for a while and really bonded — I felt like I had made a new best friend! And then I had a chance to meet Secretary Clinton. I was nervous again, but she greeted me with a big hug and smile. She said she loves the music at her Ohio rallies and asked for a photo together — she even made sure that everyone who came with me that day was included.
“I knew right away that my vote would be for Hillary. I’m voting early for her this weekend! I regularly DJ for campaign events here in Ohio, and the similarities between these crowds and our Cavs’ crowds are great — everyone is energized, positive, and passionate for their people — whether LeBron or Hillary.”
“There is so much at stake in this election. We can’t have a president who has never had experience working in politics. Secretary Clinton is ready to be our president on day one. Trump has no idea what the responsibilities of the office are like — until a year ago, he was a reality TV star!
“I particularly love Hillary’s platform on education — I’ve read it in detail and she really has solid plans so that all children can have access to the best schooling, regardless of their background. I was blessed to attend amazing schools in Cleveland, and that’s the reason I have a great career today. In Cleveland, a lot of public schools still lack the resources and technology needed to get our kids ahead. I know Hillary has always worked for children, and I have no doubt that she’s going to expand on that when she’s president.
“But I also care about so many other issues that are at stake this year — immigration reform, LGBT rights, criminal justice reform, climate change, health care, and gun violence prevention. I can personally speak to the impact that gun violence has had on our city. No one’s trying to take away your guns, but we need to make it harder for the bad guys to get them. It hurts us.
“It hasn’t always been like this, but all eyes are on Cleveland now. We’re a city of champions and it’s our job to live up to it. I have been talking to a lot of young people who say they won’t be voting this year. We can’t sit this one out. Everyone needs to vote — for Hillary, and for other Democrats down the ballot too. Young people sometimes forget that local issues and politics affect them immediately and often as well. I have voted in every single election since I turned 18. I’ve been speaking to young African American kids and reminding them that our ancestors died for the right to vote. We must vote for ourselves, but more importantly, we need to vote for our loved ones. We are blessed to live in a state that allows you to vote early — it makes it so much easier and more convenient! It’s time to get serious and get out to vote for Hillary Clinton. We need to make sure that on November 8th, we send a message to the world that love will always trump hate.”
—DJ Steph Floss, Cleveland, OH
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