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Miami Heat Rookie Justise Winslow Writes A Public “Happy Mother’s Day” Letter

Athletes tend to get a bad rep, rightfully so at at times, but today we bring you a story of a good kid in a mad city.

Miami Heat rookie Justise Winslow wrote his mom a heartfelt letter on USAToday’s FTW thanking her for…well, everything.

Grab a Kleenex and try to read it…

Dear Mom,

I know I never made it easy for you. Raising a child is tough; raising a handful as a single mother is seemingly impossible — though the impossible is something you regularly conquer. From peewee to the pros, you’ve been there for me. To celebrate Mother’s Day, I’ve decided to celebrate you.

You are my teacher. Not only did you teach me how to be a strong, kind person, you taught me the importance of education. While everyone told you the only way I could earn a scholarship to an elite program was if I played at a big public school, you kept me enrolled at an education-first school. At St. John’s, I learned to balance homework and the hardwood.

You are my rock. When I was 17, I was completely overwhelmed by the recruiting process. In front of me was a decision that I knew would change the trajectory of my professional and personal life. I was beyond stressed, but you stood strong by my side, telling me to trust my head and my heart. I broke into tears when I finally made the life-changing decision to attend Duke, And you were right by my side, tears streaming down your face as well. It was then I realized your life had just changed, too.

Yeah…flip it over to read the rest.

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