Lebron James is much more than a popular basketball player. Well, he doesn’t even consider himself a star. LeBron is probably the most modest player in the world of NBA. The story doesn’t end here. He’s also one of the most charitable athletes ever.
King James didn’t grow up as other kids. His childhood was tough, and he was raised by a single mom. After his grandmother died, LeBron’s mom, Gloria, had to send him live with his coach for a year. She found a way to give him a home, and LeBron honors her in every occasion possible.
The coach, Frank Walker, helped LeBron discover his passion for basketball.
So, the poor kid became an NBA star, and now he’s willing to help others in need. James makes huge donations, and this time he donated millions to kids in his hometown Akron. He really wants all those kids to go to college.
We’ve heard LeBron referring to himself “as just a kid from Akron.” He has a partnership with the University of Akron, and provides a guaranteed four-year scholarships for the kids in his “I Promise” program.
The scholarship covers tuition and the general service fee. This is about $9,500 per year. LeBron’s program includes 1,100 kids, and the total donation is worth $41.8 million.
“It’s the reason I do what I do. These students have big dreams, and I’m happy to do everything I can to help them get there. They’re going to have to earn it, but I’m excited to see what these kids can accomplish knowing that college is in their futures,” James announced the big news while hosting the event for students at Cedar Point Amusement Park.
“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. 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,” he added.
Give this man a medal, please!