Cleveland Cavaliers small forward and NBA superstar LeBron James has partnered with the University of Akron to provide scholarships to inner-city children through the LeBron James Family Foundation. Ron Clements of the Sporting News reported the deal.
Originally from Akron, a city with about 200,000 people of which 17.5 percent live below the poverty line, James made the announcement at famed Ohio theme park Cedar Point with Akron university president Scott Scarborough. James’ foundation was hosting an event at the park and Clements described it as a “reunion” of underprivileged children, their families and James’ Akron friends.
We’re giving you guys free scholarships,” James said on stage, via Cleveland.com. “Do you guys know how much money (that’s worth)? This means so much to me, so much to these kids.”
Scarborough offered a brief statement of his own:
“No one liked having to reset their finances the way we’ve had to,” Scarborough told the Northeast Ohio Media Group, referring to the university’s recent budget cuts. “It’s very nice to be able to redirect attention from that to something as positive as this new partnership with LeBron James Family Foundation. LeBron’s a hometown hero, he represents excellence, we’re proud to have him associated with university.
“What LeBron’s doing is going to have a large impact on these kids’ lives. It’s an easy decision for us, to take this opportunity to work with a hometown hero.”
It is indeed great to see James, easily the best overall player in the NBA, giving back to his community, as so many professional athletes never look back to where they came from after hitting it big.
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