Not only is LeBron James one of the greatest basketball players of all time, his philanthropic work also deserves major recognition. With the Lakers star opening his “I Promise” school last year, he’s made sure to provide the right tools of education to kids in his hometown of Akron, Ohio.
Now with the kids starting a new year in the school, LeBron found a way to reward them for their hard work. According to several tweets by the LeBron James Family Foundation, James’ donated 800 pairs of his Nike LeBron 16 to the school with the kids being able to choose the color they wanted.
The school has already shown massive results from the students. About 90 percent of the original 240 students have met or exceeded their expected goals in both reading and math. “I had the vision of wanting to give back to my community,” James said of opening the I Promise School. “The people around every day are helping that vision come to life. Half the battle is trying to engage them and show that there’s always going to be somebody looking out for them.”
Huge salute to LeBron James for all of his work in the community.
Over 800 pairs of @nikebasketball LeBron 16’s in 10 different colorways for his kids to choose from – motivating them to keep pushing. 🤯👟 #WeAreFamily #EarnedNotGiven pic.twitter.com/vACk2fAPiT
— LeBron James Family Foundation (@LJFamFoundation) October 14, 2019