LeBron James gives £31 million to educate youth

American basketball star LeBron James has donated a whopping $41 million (£31 million), to cover the college funds of around 1,100 students in his hometown Akron.

The LeBron James Family Foundation have partnered up with the University of Akron, to put the young people through college.

His own childhood experience and his knowledge of the lack of opportunities for others in the area, are what have driven him to make the donation.

Providing the money removes a barrier, for the youths whose financial background prevents them from thinking beyond high school.

As a child, LeBron faced these barriers and was lucky that his sporting talent brought him a bright future. He is adamant now that he is in a position to do so, to improve the futures of others who find themselves in a similar position.

There will be certain criteria that the students will have to fulfil to secure the funding, but LeBron is hoping that the money will allow them to reach their potential.

Speaking at Cedar Point Amusement Park in June, when he announced his plans, he said:

“They’re going to have to earn it, but I’m excited to see what these kids can accomplish knowing that college is in their futures”.

The donation makes the sportsman the 6th most charitable athlete in the world.

TNT Sport

Photo Credit: Keith Allison

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