Cleveland Cavaliers player Lebron James is focusing on uplifting the people in his hometown of Akron, Ohio. After announcing that he will help pay the tuition of high school seniors going to college, he has his hands on another program to help adults who do not have a high school diploma.
According to Cleveland.com, James foundation, “I Promise” has created “I Promise Too”. I Promise Too has teamed up with Summit County’s Project Learn to help parents of students in I Promise who do not have a high school diploma. The Executive Director of James foundation, Michelle Campbell spoke on the foundation stating that the program was created to help parents strive on their academic careers.
Today’s teens have big problems with today’s society. Police shootings, recorded fights and day-to-day killings now take the place of what teens look forward to in the future. One athlete is changing that pattern for teens by helping them achieve for a brighter future.
Last week, it was announced that Cleveland Cavaliers player and NBA All- Star Lebron James is going to provide scholarships for students going to college. James made this announcement to his I Promise program while hosting an estimated 5,000 students and their families at an amusement park. James, a native of Akron, Ohio teamed up with the University of Akron to provide a full ride of tuition and fees for four years to 1,000 students in the program.
Students who apply for the scholarship must have decent grades, and appropriate test scores to qualify for the scholarship. The President of The University of Akron, Scott Scarborough, says that he and the university will join James’ foundation to raise funds to support the foundation. In an interview, James spoke on how it felt to be able to help teens achieve their dreams.
“These students have big dreams,” LeBron said, “and I’m happy to do everything I can to help them get there. 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.”
James is not the only entertainer to recently offer a scholarship program pay for students. R&B singer Tyrese agreed to pay the tuition of a Morehouse student, while rapper Nelly vows to send kids to college for free on the Mike Brown scholarship.
For years, the debate has been whether or not Michael Jordan or LeBron James is the superior basketball player. Would LeBron have been able to do what Jordan did with Phil Jackson, Scottie Pippen and company? Would Jordan have led this depleted 2014-2015 Cavs team to the finals? The debates are endless, and they continue to evolve.
Well, Jordan and LeBron themselves have been swept into it, and after Michael Jordan said last week that he would beat LeBron, “no question,” LeBron has fired back via his interview with The Today Show. King James was asked who he’d pick in that hypothetical epic legend vs legend battle, and of course, the 4-time MVP picked Mich…himself.
“Oh, I take myself. For sure. I mean, I’m gonna take myself versus anybody. I’ll tell you one thing—they’re gonna have to have a few wheelchairs and a couple ambulances there to get us off the floor.”
Hey, guys. Do it for charity? (And satisfy the wet dreams of every basketball fan ever while you’re at it).
The USA Basketball non-contact workouts are taking place this week in Las Vegas, and all the stars are out West, honing their skills for forthcoming exhibition games. Stars like Russell Westbrook, who got clowned a bit in the above video clip for screwing up a fairly simple scoring drill–Westbrook was expected to score using 2 dribbles or less.
The coolest thing about this clip, is just how broken down in laughter LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony were; the two superstars were on the sideline observing Westbrook perplex both himself and USA Men’s Basketball Assistant Coach Monty Williams, who shared a laugh with Westbrook before the camera panned to LeBron and Melo.
It’s worth noting that this is pretty valuable time for Williams and Westbrook, who will be doing this for much longer than the exhibition period of USA Basketball. Williams was hired in the off-season to be an assistant coach for the Thunder, after gaining notoriety for his offensive prowess as the head coach of the Pelicans.
ESPN has officially released all the nominees for the 2015 ESPY awards
The ESPY awards honor the best of the best from the year’s sports season, including notable awards like Best Male and Female Athlete, Best Championship Moment, Best Play, and Best Team. The megastars, such as LeBron James, Serena Williams, and Aaron Rodgers are accompanied by some new-comers, like Stephen Curry, Ronda Rousey, and Odell Beckham Jr. The show will be hosted by comedian Joel Mchaleon July 15 at 8 pm ET, who has the tough task of following Drake’s 2014 performance as host and guest performer. Make sure to check out the whole list at espn.com.
During halftime of Game 6 of the NBA finals, Coach David Blatt of the Cleveland Cavilers wanted to motivated his team to give more effort in the second half. Smith looked as if he just wanted to get to the off-season quick, fast and in a hurry. Smith had a burst in the fourth to make the game interesting but it was too late as the Warriors were able to defeat the Cavs in 6 games.
The Cavs season is over, and LeBron James is coming to grips with reality
The Golden State Warriors finally finished off the Cleveland Cavaliers last night in Game 6 of the NBA Finals, but the Cavs’ inability to make it to Game 7 had nothing to do with a lack of effort from LeBron James. In one of the most historic NBA Finals performances from a numbers standpoint, James led both teams in points, assists and rebounds. He is the first player in the history of the league to do so.
Still, there’s no denying that these 6 games, and the post-season in general, has taken a toll on James’ energy and body, and he reiterated that point to a reporter after last night’s loss at Quicken Loans Arena. The question was centered around James’ strict workout and conditioning regiment, and whether or not LeBron ever looks back on it, and asks himself “was it worth it?” after a losing effort.
LeBron began answering the question as if he were casually speaking to one of his friends in confidence. He mentioned that sometimes he feels that sometimes it’s better to miss the playoffs entirely than to make the NBA Finals and lose, which isn’t something most NBA superstars would admit for fear of heavy criticism. He would clarify his comments a few seconds later and say that any time he begins thinking that, he usually quickly “locks in” and rids his mind of those thoughts, but it was too late, the following tweet and its contents had pretty much already gone viral.
This in no way means that LeBron James would actually rather miss the playoffs than compete for the ultimate reward: an NBA Championship. It merely means he’s human, and sometimes, like we all do, it takes an extra level of focus, concentration, and inspiration to remember why we do what we do, and put ourselves through the struggles we put ourselves through.
We’ve known that for some time now. Somewhere in between the 4 regular season MVP awards, the two NBA Finals MVP awards, the broken records, and the “with no regard for human life!” TV calls, we figured that much out. There’s no debate. All due respect to the Kevin Durants, the Kobe Bryants and the Stephen Currys of the world. The best you guys can do right now is 2nd place.
Well, these NBA Playoffs have done nothing but strengthen the truth of that statement. Despite being decimated by injuries, including the two All-Pro players that were expected to be key to the Cavs championship run, Cleveland has found themselves in the NBA Finals, but LeBron James being the best player in the world will only bring them so far. They’ll have to win at home tomorrow night, and prepare for battle in the Bay in Game 7.
But, in case you forgot, LeBron James is here to remind you that, he is in fact, the best player in the world.
Finally, some insight on the most mysterious and famous hairline in the world
LeBron James doesn’t really have an Achilles heel. He’s the best player in the world, a 4-time MVP, 2-time NBA Champion, USA Gold Medalist, record-breaker, brand ambassador, and world famous superstar. He may go down in history as the most successful and famous athlete in the history of sports. If there’s anything he gets criticism for, it’s his hairline. The on-again, off-again nature of LeBron’s hairline has become the subject of much scrutiny, especially when he showed up to the reveal of his latest Nike shoe with what appeared to be an artificially altered hairdo. Despite that photo–which is above on the left–LeBron has been snapped in more candid positions looking a lot more like someone that needs help in the hairline area–above on the right.
His personal barber, who left his practice in Miami to travel with #23 has provided some insight to Yahoo! Sports on what it’s like being the King’s hair cutter.
There is no dye. No additives. No preservatives. Everyone thinks he’s dying his hair using [temporary hair colorings] Bigen or Black Ice. It’s all his hair. They still don’t believe me. I get Bigen comments all the time. I’ve become numb to it. It used to bother me. It’s not easy to hear that. LeBron is very tedious about how his hair is cut. The beard is the No. 1 thing. He leaves the top up to me. I leave him less bald. He’s my guy. He’s my hardest haircut. He has good hair. You have to cut it right. He just has a few fat patches around the chin that you have to take your time with. You have to have patience. It usually takes about 50 minutes.