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Will LeBron James Inspire Prodigal South Dakotans to Return Home?


Last week the man regarded as the best basketball player in the world announced that he was returning home to Ohio. Four year after leaving Cleveland for Miami, LeBron James said he’s signing a two-year, 42 million dollar contract with his old team.

In an open letter to Sports Illustrated, James said his decision was to return home first and play basketball second. He said he wants kids in Northeast Ohio to realize that there’s no better place to grow up. "Maybe some of them will come home after college and start a family or open a business," James said. “Our community, which has struggled so much, needs all the talent it can get.”

Scott Meyer is co-founder of the South Dakota online education and marketing firm 9 Clouds. In his Digital Homesteading blog, Meyer writes that James’ decision to return home gives hope to communities everywhere that talented people will come back and share their talents. He joined Dakota Midday to discuss his essay, "LeBron Just Saved Your Community." You can red it  here.


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