LeBron James Accepts Prestigious Don Shula Sports Legend Award


Two of South Florida's leading sports personalities and Sun Sports HEAT TV broadcasters Eric Reid and Tony Fiorentino, celebrated the eighth annual Reid & Fiorentino Call of The Game Dinner & Celebrity Golf Classic on March 13 and 15. Hosted by the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, FL, the event honored MVP and World Champion Miami Heat forward LeBron James who accepted the most prestigious accolade of the evening, the Don Shula Sports Legend Award.


Today’s biggest sports icons, philanthropic heroes of the community, and two of the most decorated local charity beneficiaries and organizations—Lauren's Kids and the Dade Schools Athletic Foundation—gathered for the two-day fundraiser. Names aside, the evening was about honoring the achievements by some of today's most celebrated community leaders.

During the basketball star’s acceptance speech, he touched on his personal journey growing up in a single-parent home and how overseeing his foundation—The LeBron James Family Foundation—has been a rewarding experience. He also discussed Lauren Book and her foundation Lauren’s Kids that helps to restore and heal survivors of child sexual abuse.

Among the events was the Celebrity Golf Classic Presented by SHARP Business Systems on Thursday, March 13 at the Turnberry Isle Miami. Celebrity participants came out in hoards for the event (too many to name), making up 56 foursomes for the day. On March 15, guests mingled over food at the Reid and Fiorentino Call of the Game Dinner presented by Publix. Guests in attendance included James’ coach Erik Spoelstra, actress Gabrielle Union, Alonzo Mourning, and team owner Micky Arison.

“This year’s Call of the Game Dinner and Celebrity Golf Classic has been the most popular in the eight-years Eric and I have been hosting these two wonderful events,” said Tony Fiorentino. “Each year we draw some of the region’s most celebrated names in sport and community leadership who continue to support two of the most remarkable charity organizations—Lauren’s Kids and the Dade Schools Athletic Foundation—that ultimately benefit our kids in the community and throughout the region."

A live performance by Sony Music Latin America artist, Arthur Hanlon, rounded out the evening which included a silent and live auction. All proceeds raised throughout the night benefited Lauren’s Kids and the Dade Schools Athletic Foundation