LeBron Donates Uniforms, Bikes in Akron

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CLEVELAND -- The feelings on LeBron James in Cleveland may be mixed, but in his hometown of Akron, it's a different story.

Saturday, the NBA MVP returned home to help the class of 2023 prepare for a new school year.

LeBron returned to his alma mater, St. Vincent - St. Mary's High School, to deliver a big message to some of his youngest fans and their parents.

"I think we should understand how important these kids are to our future and allowing them and letting them know that their dreams can become a reality," said James.

LeBron James Family Foundation held their second annual 'I Promise Family Reunion." It's a picnic for families of 3rd grade students who are part of the Wheels for Education program.

"Third grade is a life predictor of where kids are, so their academic success in 3rd grade and following them through can predict whether they drop out of school," said Desiree Bolden, manager of Extended Learning.

The goal of Wheels for Education is to improve graduation rates in Akron. In order to be eligible for enrollment in Wheels for Education, students have to complete a two-week learning camp, consisting of daily lessons in reading, math and basic learning skills.

In addition to receiving school uniforms, the students received backpack tags and a new bike to help them through the upcoming year, all made possible by the LeBron James Family Foundation.

In addition, Samsung donated hundreds of tablets to Akron Public Schools for the students to use as learning tools and Sebco Books donated e-books to every participating Akron Public School.

LeBron James Unveils the New SVSM Football Jersey Saturday
LeBron James Unveils the New SVSM Football Jersey Saturday

LeBron's big day didn't end there.

James offered to outfit all student athletes at the school with brand-new Nike team uniforms.

Saturday night, St. Vincent-St. Mary's held a fashion show to unveil the new uniforms.

LeBron is also helping the school build a new, state-of-the-art gymnasium. It should be ready by the fall.

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