LeBron James has offered one of the most kindest gestures ever, a college scholarship to the University of Akron for any child that completes his ‘I PROMISE’ program.
Announced on Ohio.com, the Cleveland Cavaliers star is giving back to the his hometown, the city of Akron, by offering any child that completes his ‘I PROMISE’ program a four-year scholarship, estimated to be worth $38,000, at the university. This could be as many as 2,300 children from the area.
James made the announcement on Thursday in front of nearly 5,000 Akron students and family as part of his annual I PROMISE Family Reunion - a tradition of the LeBron James Family Foundation.
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The President of the University, Scott Scarborough, said the scholarship would cover tuition and all fees.
Students that complete the program would have to also graduate from a high school in the public school system of the city, achieve certain standardized test scores, and fulfil a community service requirement.
Scarborough said: “If you are one of LeBron’s kids … we want to tell you you have a college scholarship waiting for you at the University of Akron when you graduate from high school.
“What do you dream to be? Do you dream to be a teacher? A scientist? An engineer or a doctor? This college scholarship is your way to make that happen, and all because that man believes in you,” with a nod toward James.
James said: “This is one of the best things I’ve ever been a part of.”
James also announced the news on his own twitter account.
This is such a heart-warming gesture by the two-time NBA Champion, giving back to the community which he came from, and providing children and families a chance of relief from the high costs that come with trying to put a child through college.