LeBron James, professional basketball player, is known for his basketball skills and remains in the argument for being the best player to ever play the game. However, he is more giving than almost any other sports star in the world. Here are some of his contributions:
I Promise School
The School’s mission is to positively affect the lives of children and young adults through education and co-curricular educational initiatives. We believe that an education and living an active, healthy lifestyle is pivotal to the development of children and young adults.
LeBron’s Foundation began the After-School All-Stars for the children of his hometown, Akron. The Foundation has raised money and donated to the charity for many years. The goal is to keep kids in school and encourage them to graduate. Overall, LeBron’s Foundation has raised over $40 million for the program. LeBron hopes to extend the program throughout the state of Ohio.
Muhammad Ali: A Force for Change
Most recently, LeBron James donated money for the exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture’s exhibit honoring boxing legend Muhammad Ali. LeBron donated $2.5 million to the exhibit, joining Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson in contributing.
Boys and Girls Club of America
LeBron James designated $2.5 million of the proceeds from ESPN’s “The Decision” special to Boys and Girls Clubs of America. While in Miami, LeBron was very involved in Miami’s club. The club helps give all children equal opportunities and provides after school mentoring and activities. He also donated 1000 new computers to 59 Boys and Girls Clubs throughout America.
ONEXONE also focuses on the support of children. Their mission includes taking care of children by helping them with the 5 pillars: hunger, health, education, water and play. Like After-School All-Stars, the organization uses donations to provide help to those children who need it and encourages them by giving them hope and a sense of pride. The program provides healthy breakfasts in schools, water, medical help, educational help and after school activities.