When the Cleveland Cavaliers won the NBA title on June 19 — ending Cleveland's 52-year championship drought — its impact was felt around the world.
That range included Akron, Ohio — the hometown of Cavs superstar Lebron James — where a Utah-based Italian student paid tribute to James and the Cavs by wearing James' number 23 jersey to a polymer science job fair.
Happens all the time, right?
The student was Alessandro Perego, a native of Italy, who's working toward a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. Perego — a big fan of James — was in Akron on June 20 to attend the 12th National Graduate Research Polymer Conference at the University of Akron.
So what better place to wear a Lebron jersey? Peregio was sporting the bright yellow jersey while meeting with reps of several firms looking to attract top academic talent, including Lubrizol, BASF and A. Schulman.
“One company said they'd give me an internship just because I was wearing this,” Peregio said. “But I don't think they meant it.”