LeBron James is well-known for his basketball skills, as many consider him to be a modern-day
GOAT. However, LeBron James off the court work is often overshadowed by his stellar play and
eight straight NBA Finals appearances. LeBron James works with multiple organizations
throughout the year and is a vital force in improving the community around his hometown of
Akron, Ohio. Here are just a few reasons why LeBron James is a superstar off and on the
LeBron James Family Foundation
The LeBron James Family Foundation was created in 2004 and focuses on helping children and
single-parent families. The foundation has a diverse set of programs and initiatives that include
the Wheels for Education, The LeBron Advisory Board, and Akron I Promise Network. The
LeBron James Family Foundation also has a partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of America,
which serves between 40-60 kids each day at The Joy Park Community Center in Akron, Ohio.
Wheels for Education
The Wheels for Education program was established in 2011 and focuses on reducing the
national dropout rate. This program provides invaluable support that encourages students to
continue education and graduate with a high school diploma. According to a study, 91% of the
parents have noticed a significant academic improvement from their child and increase
involvement in educational activities.
I Promise Program
The "I Promise Program" focuses on helping children between the third and seventh grade meet
educational and attendance requirements. Research has shown that children are the most risk
of losing interest in school beginning in the third grade and his "I Promise Program" provides
valuable mentorship to each of these kids. James has also promised over $41 million in tuition
for these students to have the opportunity to attend the University of Akron free of charge if they
maintain a 3.0 GPA throughout high school.
St. Vincent-St. Mary High School Gym Renovation
LeBron James also played a vital role in renovating the St. Vincent-St. Mary High School Gym,
which is where LeBron James attended and gained the attention of NBA scouts. These state of
the art renovations cost over $1 million, but it was important for LeBron James to give back to
school that helped him launch his basketball career. Besides renovations, LeBron James also
provided new sports equipment, uniforms, and brand new locker room facilities for the girls and
boys athletic programs at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School.
Charitable Work at Boys & Girls Club of America
LeBron James has always been a long-term contributor to the Boys and Girls Club of America.
During his "Decision" LeBron James raised over $2.5 million for the Boys and Girls Club. He
also renovated the Manhattan, New York Boys and Girls Club with state of the art facilities.
LeBron also supports many other charities such as the Children's Defense Fund, ONEXONE,
After-School All-Stars, and Gabrielle's Angel Foundation.
LeBron James greatness isn't merely limited to the basketball court, but his charitable work off
the court has proven why many consider him as "The GOAT".