Good Thing He Didn't 'Shut Up and Dribble' Wed, Aug 01, 2018
LeBron James, in the conversation for the greatest basketball player of all time, known across the world, a net worth of nearly half a billion dollars, and some individuals believe that should be enough for him. That he should just play basketball, entertain us, collect his checks and ‘shut up and dribble’. Pretty foul to degrade a human to just an object whose sole purpose is to entertain us, right?
It’s a really good thing Lebron refuses to be just an athlete. Instead he is choosing to use his influence to create positive change far beyond basketball.
On Monday, LeBron and his foundation opened the I Promise School in his hometown of Akron, Ohio. The I Promise School aims to address some of the major issues affecting the youth in his hometown. LeBron understands that revitalizing a community expands beyond having a better education environment for children, the school is also offering GED courses and job placement services for parents. LeBron and his foundation also guaranteed tuition to the University of Akron for up to 2,300 children who graduate and meet certain requirements, such as a 3.0 GPA. Per Business Insider, this commitment has an estimated cost of over $100M or over 20% of LeBron's current net worth.
Keep refusing to shut up and dribble LeBron.
Here’s a link to an article by SB Nation detailing the unique aspects of LeBron's I Promise School.