About 1,100 children will be privileged to go to college all because of legendary basketball athlete, LeBron James.
LeBron James, a Black American professional basketball player, has become the world’s 6th most charitable athlete, giving $41.8 million, in total, back to his community that made him who he is today.
What inspired James to donate such enormous amount is how he grew up as a kid in Akron, Ohio, from a very poor family, who struggled to make ends meet. And because his parents couldn’t fund him well, he was forced to live with the family of Frank Walker. But fortunately for James, through Walker, he discovered his career.
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James said, “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. They’re going to have to earn it, but I’m excited to see what these kids can accomplish knowing that college is in their futures.”
Looking at all the difficulties James went through to become who he is, he hopes to give hundreds of Black children a normal future. He has already signed an agreement with the University of Akron, according ESPN, to provide four-year scholarships, which cover tuition and other services, for brilliant and hard-working students in special need.
At least a thousand Black kids from Akron will have a future. They will finish a college and have better opportunities in life. But does it mean that if sponsors like James don’t donate for Black children they won’t make it in life?
The state government shows no interest in solving the problems of education of Black children, although, it is their task to help citizens and provide grants for education. And even getting admission to universities has become a problem for Black students.
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