LeBron James has built somewhat of a reputation for giving it back. The NBA star has his own eponymous foundation, is a vocal supporter of various non-profit children’s organizations and has even been awarded for his services to the community. But his latest project, a multi-million dollar public elementary school, may be his most awe-inspiring yet – and here’s why.
20. The school is intended to help disadvantaged kids
James decided to set up the I Promise School in his native Akron after learning about the troubling number of kids in the city who leave high school without a diploma. The initiative is designed to help children from disadvantaged backgrounds with their education and general well-being. And James has plenty of experience of being in such a position.
19. James had gaps in his education himself
Indeed, James missed 83 days of school in fourth grade thanks to his unsettled family life. The future basketball star had to relocate often back then as his mother looked for work, and his education suffered as a result. However, James’ background inspired him to give kids in similar situations the backing and attention they need to thrive.