LeBron James definitely just had his karma points raised as he teams up with the University of Akron to ensure a brighter future for kids from his hometown.
James, who is one of the highest-paid sportsmen in the US, plays for the Cavaliers and has begun making a name for himself in movies, such as Judd Apatow’s Trainwreck, which came out last year. As part of the ongoing project with the University of Akron, The LeBron James Family Foundation has pledged to put as many as 2,300 kids through college.
The ‘I Promise’ project was joined by James and UA President Scott Scarborough, who addressed the crowds:
“If you are one of LeBron’s kids … we want to tell you you have a college scholarship waiting for you at the University of Akron when you graduate from high school. What do you dream to be? Do you dream to be a teacher? A scientist? An engineer or a doctor? This college scholarship is your way to make that happen, and all because that man believes in you.”
The scholarship will cover the University fees of participants, which amount to almost $10,000 per year and is James’ way of giving back to the local community which raised and supported him as a youngster with a sporting dream.
“It means so much because, as a kid growing up in the inner city and a lot of African-American kids, you don’t really think past high school,” said James, who bypassed college to jump to the NBA. “You don’t really know your future. You hear high school all the time, and you graduate high school and then you never think past that because either it’s not possible or your family’s not financially stable to even be able to support a kid going to college.”
According to the New York Post: The LeBron James Family Foundation is going to work with the university over the next five years to raise the money needed for the inaugural class, entering in 2021. “If you are one of LeBron’s kids,” UA President Scott Scarborough said, “we want to tell you you have a college scholarship waiting for you at the University of Akron when you graduate from high school.”
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