Athletes aren’t always role models, but Cleveland Cavaliers small forward LeBron James is clearly a man to emulate.
The LeBron James Family Foundation has already established a focus on helping at-risk children in Akron, Ohio, continue their education, and now, the program is expanding to adults.
According to Joe Vardon of the Northeast Ohio Media Group, the foundation has partnered with Project Learn of Summit County, “which exists to help adults get their [general education degrees].”
The absolute coolest part of James’ foundation’s partnership is, while limited to parents of children enrolled in the foundation’s scholarship program, adults are eligible for financial support in this endeavor. According to Vardon, the cost of GED practice and official tests being covered, but that’s not all:
“In the new program, enrollees received an inspirational letter from the Cavaliers superstar basketball player, HP laptop computers that they can keep if they finish the classes, and free bus passes and parking to attend class.”
A few weeks back, Vardon shared the partnership between James’ foundation, JPMorgan Chase and the University of Akron.
“…[A]ny child under James’ mentorship who graduates from Akron Public Schools and meets yet-to-be-determined testing, attendance, and community-service criteria would receive receive a free ride to the University of Akron.
The scholarships, paid for by the university, will cover tuition and Akron’s general services fee — currently worth about $9,500 a year.”
Love him or hate him, it’s impossible to deny LeBron is doing amazing things for a largely poor community.
Hopefully that momentum will continue, and both the parents and children will execute in the classroom like James does on the court: At an elite level.