Over the summer many athletes choose to hit the gym and strengthen their game, spend time with family/vacation or give back to their communities (most times all of the above apply). While there are several great player foundations contributing to youth development and growth, it is always good to see the biggest athletes in the world using that platform to create long term change. Not just throwing cash around thinking it will solve a problem but actually putting their fingerprint on something personal to see it through.
This is the case in Akron, Ohio with superstar Lebron James. Last month he announced that he would be funding scholarships for 1,100 kids to attend the University of Akron after completing his “I Promise” program. The immense pride he has shown in being “just a kid from Akron” continues to show up despite the slander faced for his decision to return to the Cavaliers after leaving on such bad terms.
“I think it’s probably one of the best things I’ve ever been a part of. This is very special to me. As a kid growing up in the inner city and as an African-American kid, you don’t really think past high school because it’s not possible or your family can’t support you.” James said.
But, what about the parents of these children striving to achieve in the classroom? Why not try to change the mindset of the entire household and support the importance on education. That very thought may have crossed his mind as he decided to open up the program and provide assistance to the parents of these enrolled students that may have been forced out of HS prior to receiving their diploma. In the “I Promise, Too” program all parents will get HP laptops, free bus passes and/or parking to attend classes. The costs associated with testing will also be taken care of by the program. To learn more about the program visit here.
With all of the negative associated with athletes in the media, it is good to have family orientated/faith based role models like Steph Curry and worldwide stars like Lebron stepping up in their position.
Fun Fact: They were born at the same hospital in Akron.