LeBron James Donates $41 Million To Send 1,100 Kids To College

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Basketball star Lebron James didn’t have the easiest childhood. Born in Akron, Ohio, his parents often struggled to make ends meet, which is why they sent him to live with the family of Frank Walker. It is a fortunate thing they did because it was through Walker that James learned of his love and talent for basketball.

Now a professional athlete, James has the ability to help others. And, he’s proven just how loyal he is to the community that raised him by donating a momentous amount of funds to help kids from Akron go to college.

ESPN reports that the star, who often refers to himself “as just a kid from Akron,” partnered with the University of Akron to provide a guaranteed four-year scholarships to the school for students in his “I Promise” program who qualify.

The scholarship will cover tuition and the university’s general service fee – approximately $9,500 per year. All in all, the scholarship should cover the costs for 1,100 kids, which will cost his foundation a total of $41.8 million.

The NBA star announced the good news in June while hosting an event for students at Cedar Point Amusement Park. He said:

“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.”

The criteria to qualify for the scholarship is still being determined, but most likely will entail students needing to graduate high school within Akron’s public school system and achieve standard testing requirements. Applicants will also likely be required to fulfill a community service obligation.

“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.”

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10 comments

  • We talk about him being the GOAT this here makes him superior to all of his predecessors he did not go to college and he is making sure others can… Giver Of Academic Treasure…

  • LeBron thank you for paying it forward , may God continue to bless you as he has been doing because of your kind heart. I’m totally impressed.

  • Now the other millionaires, billionaire professional Athletes need to step up and join LaBron in these worthwhile efforts. Thanks, sir, and may your gifts be far reaching and accomplish the goals you’ve set. May your family NEVER want for anything. May they honor the man you are and emulate your kindness and humanity. Bless you.

  • All that you have done to humanity, you will surely be rewarded by God, pls complete your eathly assignment by extending your helping hand to us here,you need to come and see children living in hell on earth. thanks God continue to bless you.

  • You are a truly good person LeBron. Because you have been blessed with such talent, you give back and that is what makes you the Greatest …we are so very proud to have you in Cleveland/Akron. You set the bar high for all the kids you help. I hope they realize what a gift you have given them..again, GOD bless you.

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    I am so Impress w/ the mind and thoughts of this young man. He remember his childhood enough to know now he is in a position to help others and he wants to and is doing it “UNSELFISHLY” … “SHARING IS CARING”. I LOVE YOU LABRON JAMES, for all you do for the children and the parents from your Community. . GOD WILL CONTINUE TO BLESS YOU ALWAYS. Mrs, Hunley

  • You are not just the GREATEST PLAYER on the Planet but a GREAT Human Being!You bring me so much HAPPINESS! Happiness is something I cannot buy. I get it free every time I watch you play basketball!GOD has Blessed you with so much and you in return are helping so many people! GOD BLESS and KEEP YOU LEBRON!

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