NBA hon­ors Lebron for work with Ohio youth

Sun Star Bacolod - - Prime Sports -

WITH the NBA sea­son barely two weeks old, su­per­star Lebron James has bagged his first tro­phy – this one for off-court phil­an­thropic work.

James, in his first sea­son since join­ing the Los An­ge­les Lak­ers as a free agent, re­ceived the Off­sea­son NBA Cares Com­mu­nity As­sist Award in recog­ni­tion of his ef­forts to cre­ate the I PROM­ISE School and pro­vide last­ing ed­u­ca­tional re­sources for youth and fam­i­lies in his home­town of Akron, Ohio, the league said Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 25 (Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 26, Manila time).

James and the Lebron James Fam­ily Foun­da­tion opened the I PROM­ISE School on July 30 and wel­comed its first class of more than 240 third- and fourth-grade stu­dents.

De­signed to help kids nav­i­gate many of the chal­lenges James and his fam­ily faced dur­ing his youth, the school pro­vides meals, bus­ing, sup­plies, bikes, uni­forms and an in­no­va­tive cur­ricu­lum fo­cused on Stem stud­ies, so­cial-emo­tional sup­port and ex­pe­ri­en­tial learn­ing.

The school also pro­vides re­sources for stu­dents’ par­ents to con­tinue their ed­u­ca­tion or seek jobs, find le­gal sup­port, coun­selling or other re­sources.

Since 2015, the I PROM­ISE pro­gram has part­nered with the Univer­sity of Akron to guar­an­tee four-year college schol­ar­ships to all el­i­gi­ble stu­dents who grad­u­ate from high school.

The I PROM­ISE School will grad­u­ally add grade lev­els each year un­til it reaches full ca­pac­ity of first through eighth grades by 2022.

James, 33, is a three­time NBA cham­pion, win­ning twice with Mi­ami be­fore guid­ing the Cleve­land Cava­liers to the crown.

The four-time NBA Most Valu­able Player com­peted in the last 8 NBA Fi­nals, from 20112014 with Mi­ami and 2015-2018 with Cleve­land./rap­pler.com

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