Tonight, LeBron James will be honored with the Offseason NBA Cares Community Assist Award in Los Angeles.
Before the Lakers play against the Denver Nuggets, LeBron will be recognized for his efforts, creating the I Promise School and providing educational resources for yourh and families in his hometown of Akron, Ohio.
The LeBron James Family Foundation will receive a $10,000 donation from the NBA and Kaiser Permanente.
In July, LeBron opened up about opening the doors to the I Promise School, saying, “As a kid from Akron, Ohio, myself, I remember walking these same streets. I remember walking North Street. Market… I know the streets they walk. I know the trials and tribulations they are going through. I know the ups and the downs. I know everything they dream about. All the nightmares that they have. Because I’ve been there. I know exactly what they are going through. They are the reason why this school is here today.”
“I just want people to know that it doesn’t matter as a kid growing up in the inner city… and me specifically growing up here Akron, Ohio… being underprivileged and feeling that you can become a statistic,” James emphasized. “By me being able to put something like this together I want people to know that these kids should have the same opportunity as everyone else. And that’s what’s most important.”