Lapel HS gets ‘congrats’ and gift from Lebron James

LeBron James
Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James smiles as he watches from the bench as he sits out the game during the first half of an NBA basketball game between the Miami Heat and the Cavaliers, Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015, in Miami. Cavaliers coach David Blatt says he made the decision in part because James logged 45 minutes in Cleveland's overtime loss at New Orleans on Friday night. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

LAPEL, Ind. (WISH) — The Lapel boys basketball team earned a special gift this week from LeBron James.

The Bulldogs won state last season so the NBA superstar decided to congratulate them.

LeBron and Nike sent the team new shoes, new shirts and a letter.

The letters says, “Bulldogs, you had big losses before the state tournament. Everyone smelled blood in the water. They underestimated the school of 500 once and you made them pay. Enjoy the firetruck escort because you can bet they won’t do it again. I’ll be watching. LeBron.”

“He took his time and actually looked up how many kids we have,” senior Jon Richardson said. “It also shows that even a small school like us can get attention.”

The Bulldogs made a thank you video and they plan to send it to LeBron.

Coach Jimmy Howell said Nike and LeBron are sending gifts to state championship teams who have shoe deals with Nike.

The Bulldogs will wear the shoes on game day for the first time Friday night. They’ll take on Pendleton Heights after Lapel unveils their new state championship banner.