Gloria James was born in 1968 although the exact date of her birth is not public knowledge. Gloria James was 16 years old when she gave birth to her son, LeBron James.
In 1984, Gloria Marie James became a single mother to LeBron James, who would grow up to be a superstar basketball player in the NBA. LeBron was born and raised in Akron, Ohio. As a young, single mom, Gloria struggled and the mother-son pair often moved from one home to another. When LeBron was 9 years old, Gloria allowed him to live with a man named Frank Walker, a football coach who taught LeBron how to play basketball.
In January 2014, LeBron was invited to participate in a project sponsored by NBC, The Shriver Report. As part of this project, LeBron wrote an emotional essay about his appreciation for his mother and the hardships she faced as a single parent.