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Lillard stars in LeBron’s ‘More Than a Vote’ ad

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Before Damian Lillard teams up with LeBron James in the highly anticipated Space Jam 2 movie, the Portland Trail Blazers star is collaborating with the four-time NBA champion for an important cause.

Like LeBron, Lillard wants people to get out and vote this fall.

That’s why Dame teamed up with LeBron’s “More Than a Vote” campaign to get people to the ballot box with the election less than three weeks away.

Lillard starred in an animated short while riding his bike to the post office to drop off his ballot. Along the way, he meets a few friends like Odell Beckham Jr., Skyler Diggs, Stacy Abrams, A$AP Ferg and LeBron himself.

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This isn’t the first time Lillard has spoken out about the importance of voting.

When sitting down with Trail Blazers courtside reporter Brooke Olzendam in September, the five-time NBA All-Star explained that voting is not only a right, but a privilege.

“I think first off all, people should be aware of the sacrifice that we made for us to be able to vote,” Lillard said. “Right now, it’s just like – ‘Are you gonna vote? No? Yes?’ There was a time when that wasn’t an option. And people literally put their lives on the line and sacrificed everything for us to have this opportunity to vote.”

As Lillard reminded, voting isn’t just about us either, it’s about making a difference for those around us.

 

“Aside from that, there’s so many things that will determine the way we live. It’s going to have a direct impact on our lives. I think people say, ‘Are you going to vote for this guy or that guy?’ when it’s not that simple,” Lillard said. “You’re voting for so many different things and for so many different people. If I’m going to vote, I’m not going to vote for only my best interest. I’m going to say, ‘How does this impact my mom, how does this impact my aunts, my cousins, my uncles?’”

The “More Than a Vote” campaign was launched to help combat voter suppression and has already recruited 30,000 people to work the polls on election day. Lillard is just one of many athletes lending his support to James’ voting rights group.  

“We are Black athletes and artists working together. Our priority right now is combating systemic, racist voter suppression by educating, energizing, and protecting our community in 2020,” MoreThanAVote.org says.