Rondae Hollis-Jefferson is trying to follow that positive karma with basketball success.
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When he was drafted by the Brooklyn Nets, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson secured the money he’s earned as one of basketball’s very best. But the money was only a means to making dreams come true for Hollis-Jefferson, who quickly flipped his hard-earned cash into security for his mother.
Hollis-Jefferson, who grew up in Pennsylvania, says his dream has always been to buy his mother a new house. Well, now he’s done that. And to make things even more special, he gave it to her on her birthday.
In a guest article for the New York Post, Hollis-Jefferson wrote about how he felt giving his mother the ultimate gift:
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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.
Even the woman from whom he purchased the house loved it:
When I told the woman who owned the house why we were buying it, she cried. Being a mom, she understood what it meant more than us guys do. It was an emotional moment, and then she said, “We can make this happen.” They even bought my mom a cake!
You can watch the video version here (and you really should, it’s incredibly touching):
Hollis-Jefferson has already proven to be one of the most energetic and emotionally affluent rookies of this season. He’s only adding to the legacy with this one.