Mr Charitable Himself, Udonis Haslem

Published on 24-Jul-2015 by Towner Park

Basketball - NBA    NBA Daily Opinion

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Mr Charitable Himself, Udonis Haslem

With so much negativity being exposed to us, day-in and day-out, it's refreshing to hear something uplifting.

Well, right now is just that time to warm the left cockle of your heart.

As children, we tend to feel indebted to our parents as if we owe them something for giving us life. Gotta say, they do have a point. For me in particular, I grew up in a one-parent household. My mother unconditionally shaped me into the man that I am today, and I'll always be eternally grateful for the sacrifices she made and for loving me with every ounce of her being.

I could never possibly repay her.

Well, Miami Heat forward and NBA champion Udonis Haslem took that one step forward.

As a child, Haslem's biological mother battled drug addiction, and his stepmother, Barbara Wooten, took up the task and cared for him when he was only three years old.

And her payment for offering her support, you might ask?

A beautiful, brand new home in Miami.

Haslem stepmother's home

You have to appreciate that storyline. Haslem was quoted as saying:

I am blessed that God has provided me the opportunity and ability to provide for my family. I wouldn’t be here without her. She raised me since age 3. I can never repay her and all I can do is show my gratitude.

Sorry, Mom. I can't afford a house, but I hope you know that I'm just as appreciative.

If anything, I'll offer you an IOU with that gift.

Kudos to Haslem for doing this. He wanted to share his success and reward his stepmother with a tangible gift that he felt she certainly deserved.

Now, I'm curious as to what he's going to give his father.