LeBron James Pledges $41 Million to Send 1,100 Ohio Teens to College

Posted by on August 21, 2015 in Conscious Living, Inspirational with 52 Comments

(ANTIMEDIA) Akron, OH — Keeping true to his promise to give back to the community where he grew up, Lebron James announced Monday that his foundation will subsidize the college educations of 1,100 Ohio high school graduates. In order to cover these tuition costs at the University of Akron, the Lebron James Foundation committed $41 million, enough to fund four year scholarships at $9,500 per student.

James remarked on his new charitable endeavor:

“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.”

Lebron James, one of the most famous—and wealthy—professional athletes in the world, made headlines in recent years when he left the Cleveland Cavaliers NBA basketball team to play for the Miami Heat. His much-publicized and demonized “decision” broke the hearts of many local Akron and Cleveland residents, who had revered “King James” and everything he meant for a city—an entire state, in fact—with economic problems and no professional sports championships to speak of since 1964.

James preceded his exaltant return to Cleveland in 2014 with a stunning open letter, in which he stated,

“I feel my calling [in Ohio] goes above basketball. I have a responsibility to lead, in more ways than one, and I take that very seriously. My presence can make a difference in Miami, but I think it can mean more where I’m from. I want kids in Northeast Ohio, like the hundreds of Akron third-graders I sponsor through my foundation, to realize that there’s no better place to grow up. Maybe some of them will come home after college and start a family or open a business. That would make me smile. Our community, which has struggled so much, needs all the talent it can get. In Northeast Ohio, nothing is given. Everything is earned. You work for what you have. I’m ready to accept the challenge. I’m coming home.”

It appears James is already making good on his promise to give back to his community in a major way. In recent months, James and members of his foundation met multiple times with University of Akron President Dr. Scott Scarborough to discuss long-term plans that would be beneficial for the community. The education department, which will soon be renamed the LeBron James Family Foundation College of Education, will begin accepting applications for the scholarships in 2021.

It couldn’t come at a better time for a university that recently announced $40 million in widespread cuts, including the entire baseball program and 215 lost jobs.

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  1. 1409671342682668@facebook.com' The Law of Attraction Inspiration says:

    Follow us to know about Law of Attraction & Inspiration <3

  2. 981207041900392@facebook.com' Mike Poplin says:

    I gotta admit, this changes my opinion of the man!!

  3. 664029503697059@facebook.com' Biram Morgan says:

    LeBron for president 2016! Lol

  4. 914712791957173@facebook.com' Nathan Walton says:


  5. 1890847577806165@facebook.com' ED Heckelman says:


  6. 10153583055191477@facebook.com' Tyler Caine says:

    That’s very generous of him. I gotta give credit where credit is due, and i can’t believe I’m going to say this…but Lebron deserves credit for being very charitable. Bravo.

  7. 10154067397022656@facebook.com' John Alexander Wilde says:

    H E R O

  8. 10154155575322782@facebook.com' Michael Carl Davies says:

    Oh wow. What a nice boy. 🙂

  9. 10206896813246166@facebook.com' David Tracy says:

    Or elect Bernie Sanders and get a college education for free, like it should be.

  10. 10153223366084773@facebook.com' Michael Christian says:

    That’s an expensive way to say you’re sorry for being an asshole.

  11. 1657750544445268@facebook.com' Robin Lanuza says:

    Better than kobe ! 🙂

  12. 404771013048809@facebook.com' Daniel Aldridge says:

    On another planet!

  13. 10152880518491256@facebook.com' Sarabella Gignac says:

    you don’t need that much…

  14. 10207286537501761@facebook.com' Sean C. Eastman says:

    Wonder why Michael Jordan hasn’t done this? Jordan is a billionaire.

    • 10205853422067836@facebook.com' Lucas Buti says:

      Lots of athletes participate in philanthropic causes but do it anonymously. Not to take anything away from Lebron, I think it’s a very noble cause but I’d be willing to bet MJ has donated a very considerable amount to various charities over the years.

    • 10207286537501761@facebook.com' Sean C. Eastman says:

      I certainly hope so. They do it for tax purposes and some do it to give back to the community.

  15. 1183387731676947@facebook.com' Joe Bizumo says:

    41 mil. that is 4+1 =5,and again 1,100 st is 11 master number oh!

  16. 10207384810964049@facebook.com' Ryan Caneva Olayon says:

    Hindi ako fan… Ang totoo hater mo ako… Pero… Salamat at meron katulad mo na tumutulong sa mga bata… Godbless LbJ…

  17. 1453243801670680@facebook.com' Zen Hec Ryan says:

    Now that’s how you spend your money, when you can buy anything you want. Your the Man, The Man.

  18. 899268733478865@facebook.com' Monica Ellis says:

    Very generous psy mine off

  19. 861236267328070@facebook.com' Tilly Tomay says:

    I sure hope they are required to meet GPA requirements !

  20. 876535052422484@facebook.com' Wayne Wynds says:

    Imagine if this became a trend? Instead of flaunting expensive cars and jewelry as a symbol of wealth and status, helping to send kids to school would become the new baller’s trend.. Athletes, celebrities, and rappers could boast about how many kids they’ve put through college. Yeah, that would be nice 🙂

  21. 983912184993800@facebook.com' Linda Egan says:

    Good for him!

  22. 10154186529145476@facebook.com' Shane Cansdell-Sherriff says:

    Imagine what the wealthiest billionaire’s could do? #Greathuman

  23. 903419756374700@facebook.com' Daisy Viernes says:

    He is being, “the change” and bless him for this!

  24. 1026382997385328@facebook.com' Dana Rosales says:

    Great news!

  25. 842375569191942@facebook.com' Vera Deringer says:

    “Thank you”, LeBron……… You are a good man…….

  26. 10205466139466840@facebook.com' Robert Cook says:

    good man !!!!!

  27. 1463877550607002@facebook.com' Benni Frisbeat says:

    Lebron is illuminati

  28. 730408050435914@facebook.com' June Saunders says:

    That is great

  29. 730408050435914@facebook.com' June Saunders says:

    Michael Jordan is to self absorb

  30. 1468517473473926@facebook.com' Eitan Oetam says:

    Good work dude..

  31. 1051701198174781@facebook.com' Carlos Rodriguez says:

    the total opposite of Micheal Jordan ….Lebron is a better human being

  32. 10207398491979466@facebook.com' George Williams says:

    what a waste of money ?

  33. 1023501807682786@facebook.com' Mackzio Zalde Casanos says:


  34. Anonymous says:

    Forget basketball. Now he is the man in my eyes…awesome
    Iana Diaconu

  35. 10204138876625807@facebook.com' Marc Jones says:

    Thank you.

  36. 10207098822646223@facebook.com' Nichole Sunshine says:

    Ummmm $41m only gets you 1,100 college tuitions?? Does anyone else see what’s wrong with that? Where are they going to college… Mars???

  37. 1484444091867936@facebook.com' Sam Tan says:

    A big heart with wisdom.

  38. 10153556640879493@facebook.com' Julie Hargous says:

    Love it LeBron!

  39. williedibe@gmail.com' Sanford Paling says:

    LeBron James pledges $87M for hometown kids to attend college”; _sf_async_config. Sports’; _sf_async_config.

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