LeBron James Says NBA Cares Community Assist Award Should Go To His School's Students
For his philanthropy off the court, LeBron James was bestowed with the NBA Cares Community Assist Award on Thursday (Oct. 25).
For his philanthropy off the court, LeBron James was bestowed with the NBA Cares Community Assist Award on Thursday (Oct. 25). According to CBS Sports, the Los Angeles Laker was granted the honor for opening the I Promise School in late July 2018.
After his team's win against the Denver Nuggets (121-114), the NBA All-Star, who notched his 74th triple-double, told reporters that this accolade is for his students. "I don't really do what I do in my community to get awards or to get recognition," he said. "It's for my kids that I got back home. This is my kids' award and I can't wait to put it inside the school because it's for them. It's all for them."
LeBron on tonight’s complete @Lakers team effort & winning the @NBACares Community Assist Award presented by @KPShare for the off-season for the @IPROMISESchool! #NBAPostgame pic.twitter.com/vIAdy4eiZr
— NBA (@NBA) October 26, 2018
On July 30, James and his board of teachers and faculty opened the I Promise School in his hometown of Akron, Ohio. The learning facility aims to educate and mentor at-risk youth in the third and fourth grades. Students will also receive a full ride to the University of Akron as they matriculate through the education system.
“This skinny kid from Akron who missed 83 days of school in the 4th grade had big dreams for the kids in Akron to give them everything they could need to find their passion, give back to our community and change the world!!” James wrote on Twitter. “This school is that. The people are that. Akron is that.”