Cancel all of the promotional campaigns. Forget sending out the awards ballots. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson has already won Most Valuable Son. On October 23rd, his mom’s birthday, the Brooklyn Nets rookie pulled off a surprise for the ages, shocking his mom as he presented her with the keys to her new house. He details how it all went down in the New York Post:
The realtor opened the door and said, “Oh, who are you looking for?” When my mom said the name, the realtor said, “Oh, OK, come in.” Then everyone popped out and said, “Surprise!” and me and my brother had the cake, and she just started crying. To actually be able to show her the house and stuff on her birthday, it was a dream come true. It was a blessing.
She said it was her best birthday ever. That’s huge for me and my brother, and my uncle, who is like a brother to us. … That’s big in our eyes, to be able to do that. Being able to change your mom’s life, to be able to put her in a comfortable situation. … It makes that feeling in your heart go to ease.
A common driving force for athletes trying to make it to the professional leagues is the opportunity to provide for their families. After years of scrapping and proving himself as a first-round talent, Hollis-Jefferson was finally able to realize that goal.