Time Inc. Sports Group editor Paul Fichtenbaum said Monday that James was chosen not only for his play but also for his charitable work, especially with schoolchildren in his native Akron, Ohio.
Past winners include Muhammad Ali, Jack Nicklaus, Wayne Gretzky, Arthur Ashe, Tom Brady, Derek Jeter and Michael Phelps. College basketball coaches Mike Krzyzewski and Pat Summitt shared the honor last year.
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