In a world filled with so many negatives, some continue to constantly criticize NBA star, Lebron James for some of his on the court shortcomings while simply choosing to overlook his community achievements.
Recently USA Today reported that the NBA star has partnered with the University of Akron to provide a guaranteed four-year scholarship to the school for students in James' "I Promise" program who qualify. The scholarships will cover tuition which is currently $9,500 per year.
Currently, there are approximately 1,100 children in James’ “I Promise” program and they’ll need to complete the program and fulfill both attendance and grade requirements to become eligible for fully funded scholarships. Also, the youth will have to graduate high school within Akron's public school system and achieve standard testing requirements as well as 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. "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.
If James stands firm to his commitment, the total amount paid for each student's four years at Akron would be somewhere in the $41- $44 million range. (I based this between $9500- $10,000 per year)
Since high school, Lebron has been known as King James, and once he entered the NBA, the comparisons to Michael Jordan began. Just leave it to a bunch of reporters and couch potatoes to judge greatness by something many of them could only imagine doing.
Some will always view James as the arrogant kid from Akron, drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers who decided to leave for Miami only to return to Cleveland. But to approximately 1,100 children in Akron, he will always be considered their King! That alone makes him a winner in my book.