LeBron Raymone James Sr. (born December 30, 1984) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Often considered the best basketball player in the world and regarded by some as the greatest player of all time, James’ NBA accomplishments are extensive and include four NBA Most Valuable Player Awards, three NBA Finals MVP Awards, two Olympic gold medals, three All-Star Game MVP awards, and an NBA scoring title. He is the all-time NBA playoffs scoring leader and has amassed fourteen NBA All-Star Game appearances, twelve All-NBA First Team designations, and five All-Defensive First Team honors.
A prep-to-pro, James played high school basketball for St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in his hometown of Akron, Ohio, where he was heavily touted in the national media as a future NBA superstar. He joined the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2003 as the first overall draft pick. James quickly emerged as a league star and concluded his first season by winning the NBA Rookie of the Year Award. He would go on to establish himself as one of the premier players in the NBA with multiple accolades, including being given the NBA Most Valuable Player Award in 2009 and 2010. However, after falling short of the championship expectations set by the media, fans, and himself, James departed Cleveland in 2010 as a free agent to sign with the Miami Heat. This move was announced in an ESPN special titled The Decision and is one of the most controversial free agent decisions in American sports history.
In Miami, James won his first NBA championship in 2012, and followed that with another title a year later. He was named league MVP and NBA Finals MVP in both championship years. In 2014, James opted out of his contract with Miami after four seasons to re-sign with the Cavaliers. In 2016, James led the Cavaliers to their first NBA championship by defeating the Golden State Warriors to end Cleveland’s 52-year professional sports title drought. In 2018, he opted out of his Cleveland contract to sign with the Lakers.
*You have to be able to accept failure to get better.
*I am just happy to be part of the Nike family.
*I don’t know how tall I am or how much I weigh. Because I don’t want anybody to know my identity. I’m like a superhero. *Call me Basketball Man.
*My mom and I have always been there for each other. We had some tough times, but she was always there for me.
*There is a lot of pressure put on me, but I don’t put a lot of pressure on myself. I feel if I play my game, it will take care of itself.
*Being the only man in the household with my mom definitely helped me grow up fast.
*When you have that respect from your teammates, it makes it a lot more comfortable.
*I’m a pretty funny guy, and I would love to do a comedy with a bunch of funny guys – movie-star guys, where they could help me through it.
*But sports carried me away from being in a gang or being associated with drugs. Sports was my way out.
*You know, God gave me a gift to do other things besides play the game of basketball.
This is what a true leader acts like, this is what a true leader does for people in need of help, if only all the other professional black people in America, who are millionaires in music, film, sports, and entertainment business, would do the same, we would have ‘Black Wall Streets” popping up all across America, and then WE would be the MOTIVATION for all black people in the world today. Unfortunately, God only gave us one King James, one real life superhero, but one is better than none. May God almighty, the creator of all things, bless King James, and his entire family, forever and ever.
– Sir William DeWhite Jackson, II
LeBron James full speech at opening of I Promise School in Akron, Ohio
LeBron James speaks at opening of new school in Ohio
LeBron James launches new ‘I Promise’ School
The LeBron James Family Foundation, in collaboration with the Akron Public Schools system, has launched a new school for at-risk 3rd and 4th grader – Source: CNN
LeBron James speaks at opening of new school in Ohio
LeBron James Business Ventures
LeBron James Partners with Walmart to Fight Hunger and Promote Education
The LeBron James Family Foundation announced that LeBron James and Walmart Inc. have formed a partnership to help fight hunger, promote education and create positive change in the community. During this joint venture, Walmart will help supply the food pantry at the ‘I Promise School’ in Akron. The pantry is available at all times to ‘I Promise’ families to provide fresh and frozen food, toiletries and other necessities. To Read More Click Here: source:(lebronwire.usatoday.com)
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LeBron James Joins Forces with Walmart to Provide 1 Billion Meals to Feed the Hungry
by Lydia Blanco
May 17, 2019
LeBron James is known today for putting his money where his heart is, and making good on his promises. Since opening the I Promise School in Akron, Ohio, James has been committed to enriching the lives of students and their families through education and community building.
The I Promise School’s mission is to “positively affect the lives of children and young adults through education and co-curricular educational initiatives. We believe that an education and living an active, healthy lifestyle is pivotal to the development of children and young adults.”
With that mission in mind, James has partnered with Walmart and Sam’s Club for the Fight Hunger. Spark Change campaign to help America secure a billion meals for local food banks. This announcement follows James’ $1 million grant to promote physical activity at his school.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, one in eight Americans experience food insecurity. That’s nearly 40 million people who don’t know where their next meal is coming from.
“Growing up in Akron, the whole city supported my dreams; supported my friends’ dreams; gave us shelter; gave us food. We always felt like we had that support. Partnering with Walmart is about the commitment to the community. Walmart has done so many great things all over the world, but it starts in their hometown of Bentonville, Arkansas—the same as me starting in my hometown of Akron, Ohio. We don’t forget where we come from.” said James in a video announcing the partnership.
As a part of Walmart’s five-year partnership with Feeding America, they have been able to provide 749 million meals to hungry Americans. And through this campaign, 150 million Walmart customers and Americans are being encouraged to purchase featured food items and make monetary donations towards the effort.
“As we go into our sixth year of the Fight Hunger. Spark Change. campaign, it’s exciting to approach the 1 billion mark in terms of charitable meals secured by Feeding America over the life of the program,” said Kathleen McLaughlin, chief sustainability officer for Walmart. “Food insecurity continues to affect communities across the United States. Working with Feeding America, our customers, members, associates and suppliers, Walmart and Sam’s Club aim to be part of the solution.”
With 251 million meals to go, James is determined to help them meet their 1 billion meal goal.
“The Feeding America nationwide network of 200-member food banks serves people in every single county in the United States. Food banks are not just providing food to our neighbors in need, they are providing nourishment, hope, and dignity. We are tremendously grateful to Walmart, Sam’s Clubs, and the 18 dedicated campaign suppliers for coming together through Fight Hunger. Spark Change. to help people who struggle to put food on their tables and for providing everyone the opportunity to give back.” said Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, CEO of Feeding America.
In addition to the campaign, Walmart will gift food to the I Promise School’s pantry with toiletries, clothing items, and other necessities to support students and their families.
LeBron James Partners with Walmart to Help End Hunger in America
“One out of 8 Americans struggle with hunger and I think one is too many.”
– Lebron James
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