That $100 million contract LeBron secured is definitely being put to good use.
On Tuesday, 5,000 lucky kids and their families from Akron, Ohio got the chance to hang out with LeBron James at Cedar Point amusement park, which he sponsored for free.
“Thanks to donations by Chase Bank and Cedar Point and others, the invited Akron kids, who are part of James’ Wheels for Education and the Akron I Promise Network, will be treated to a day of fun at the park and a chance to attend a talk by James, Akron’s favorite son.
The trip to Cedar Point — now in its second year – marks the beginning of a partnership between James and a new third-grade class to encourage the youngsters to work hard and stay in school.
The young students eventually graduate into the Akron I Promise initiative, which provides Akron school kids mentoring and encouragement to continue to work toward good grades and attend classes.
At last year’s event, James announced a new carrot for those kids – a full scholarship to the University of Akron after they graduate high school.”
— LeBron James (@KingJames) August 13, 2015
Many have accused LeBron of not being serious about helping out his hometown of Akron, though his comments to ESPN indicate he actually cares.
“I think it’s probably one of the best things I’ve ever been a part of … This is very special to me. As a kid growing up in the inner city and as an African-American kid, you don’t really think past high school because it’s not possible or your family can’t support you. For us to be able to do something like this … it means so much.”
LeBron’s community sees him as their most important figure, so a generous act like this is exactly what they need from the Cavs superstar.