Norma Hovanes from Youngstown, OH
Norma's Dream to see Lebron James and the CAVS

Norma Hovanes

Shirt Left in Laundromat Links Nursing Home Resident to LeBron James


Boardman, OH – When the Cleveland Cavaliers selected LeBron James as the first pick in the 2003 NBA draft, everyone became a fan because of the incredible talent he possessed. Everyone except Norma Hovanes. She became a fan because of a t-shirt she found lying on the floor at a local Laundromat. Hovanes, a 90-year-old resident at Shepherd of the Valley –Boardman (7148 West Blvd.) gave it to a man doing his laundry, and from the excitement on his face, knew the person on the shirt must be someone special. From then on, she was a fan of LeBron and the CAVS.


As a participant in the Second Wind Dreams program, a program designed to fulfill the dreams of those living in elder care communities, the Dream Team at SOV-Boardman reached out to Holly Yanak, Senior Manager, Community Relations & Player Programs for the Cleveland Cavaliers, to see if they could help Norma witness the homecoming of her favorite player and they came through with a 3-point buzzer beater!


On Monday, November 10th, 2014, they  departed the Boardman campus and headed to The Q (1 Center Ct. Cleveland, OH 44115) where she was treated like royalty. Move over King James! The CAVS graciously donated four tickets, a parking pass, VIP tickets to the pre-game warm-up and access to the VIP Lounge for complimentary food and drinks.



  • Location
  • Youngstown, OH