30 Star Athletes Who Rose Up From Nothing

By Darren
30 Star Athletes Who Rose Up From Nothing

Many athletes begin training at a young age. They receive the best coaching and incredible facilities. But that isn’t the case for everybody. Some sports stars had to start at the very bottom. In fact, several sports stars have come from extreme poverty. They have had to fight against incredible adversity to achieve their dreams.

Today, we’re going to look at sports stars who struggled in their early lives. There are some incredible stories on this list. Some of them were homeless or shared one room with their entire family. Others escaped warzones and lives of crime. There’s even one athlete who was a child soldier. Their experiences only served to make them even stronger and enhance their spirit. These athletes are truly inspirational. Check out our list below.

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30. LeBron James

Undoubtedly the greatest basketball player of his generation, James is on top of the world. The four-time MVP has an estimated net worth of $450 million. He’s one of the most popular athletes in the US. Furthermore, the three-time NBA champion is also a 15-time All-Star. The man is an NBA legend.

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So it may come as a surprise that this man truly rose from rags to riches. James’s mother was just sixteen when he was born and his criminal father was not in his life. They moved around the seedy neighborhoods of Akron, Ohio, until James’ mother finally allowed him to live with the Walker family. This changed everything for him, and the rest is history.