Thrilled He Does More Than Play Basketball

Thrilled He Does More Than Play Basketball
Posted on 02/20/2018
Image of LeBron James Famiily Foundation LogoAPS and its families are grateful for LeBron James' work in our city, for our children

Michele Campbell, the executive director of the LeBron James Family Foundation, considered the alternative outcome had James decided to “just shut up and dribble," as suggested last week by a political pundit.

“Without LeBron James outside of basketball, I’m going to tell you we would have had children who dropped out of school,” she said. “We have 1,200 kids who are behind in school; but, because of LeBron James, they are catching up and believe they belong on a college campus and believe they can be educated. They believe they can be anything.

“If it was just basketball for him, what a waste that would be.”

There wouldn’t be his foundation which works to “positively affect the lives of children and young adults through education and co-curricular educational initiatives.”

There wouldn’t be an I Promise program for 1,200 at-risk Akron students in grades 3-9 this year.

There wouldn’t be nine parents who received GEDs through the I Promise Too program – with three dozen parents enrolled today.

There wouldn’t be $41 million earmarked for full-ride scholarships at The University of Akron for Akron public school students who go through the foundation’s I Promise program.

There wouldn’t be an I Promise Institute in the works on Akron’s campus to give further assistance to those students on scholarships.

There wouldn’t be an I Promise public school opening in the fall for 120 third-graders and 120 fourth-graders. By 2022, the school will be open to students grades one through eight.

There wouldn’t be 23 high school students called 330 Ambassadors who mentor younger students in James’ program. Read more and watch the video >>.
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