Did you know that LeBron James is the 6th most generous athlete in the world? Yes he is.
LeBron James is an American professional NBA star. He was all over the news a while ago for making a historical win for Cleveland. The championship was the 3rd one in the course of his career.
More than his talent and success in the NBA, Lebron has dedicated a chunk of resources for the good of others. Perhaps his humble history has left a part of his heart and pocket open for others.
The NBA champ was born in Akron, Ohio, in 1984. He was raised by a teenage single mother. As catering for the both of them became a problem she Let LeBron move in with a local youth football coach. This was where the young champ embraced and loved basketball.
The founder of the LeBron James Family Foundation is remembered for saying this:
“Kids are a huge passion of mine. I always said when I was growing up, ‘If I ever have an opportunity, if I ever got big enough, whatever the case may be, I will always try to give back as much as possible.'”
It is indeed a thing of joy to see well placed celebrities local and international share what they have with others who do not have so much. Lebron is one of those stars who over 1000 children will be grateful to for bringing education to their door step.
In 2010, the 4 time winner of NBA most valuable player award raised $2.5 million for the Boys & Girls Clubs. He went on to raise another $3.5 million for the interest of multiple charity organizations.
In partnership with the Akron University, LeBron is sponsoring the education of over 1000 children who qualify for it. The scholarship takes care of an annual tuition and school charges of $9,500 per student. This sums up to a deafening $41.8 million for about 1,100 children.
Often the champ calls himself the “kid from Akron”. That gives an insight to his days of humble beginnings.
“It’s the reason I do what I do. These students have big dreams. And I’m happy to do everything I can to help them get there. “
“It means so much because as a kid growing up in the inner city and a lot of African-American kids, you don’t really think past high school.”
“You don’t really know your future. You hear high school all the time. And you graduate high school and then you never think past that; either because it’s not possible or your family is not financially stable to even be able to support a kid going to college.”- LeBron James