LeBron Adds to His Legacy
By: Evan Easton
LeBron James may have just made the most important career move of his life, and it has nothing to do with basketball.
In the city of Akron, Ohio, with a population of just under 200,000, basketball super star (and Akron native) LeBron James has just opened an $8 million public school for at-risk elementary school children that even offers GED and job placement programs for the children’s parents. The school has started with 240 third and fourth grade kids but plans to add grades as the school continues. But the most unusual thing is it is a public school. When it comes to celebrities, the schools they usually back are charter and private schools. But for the students of LeBron’s I Promise School, there is no charge.
With this addition to the Akron area, James has created a whole new type of legacy for himself. He has donated to various charities in the past, but this gives charity a whole new meaning. Since high school, LeBron has been known as a phenomenal basketball player and a freak athlete. But now he has opened the door for being known as a man who cares not only about where he is from, but the quality of life of the people who live there.
This is the most important part of LeBron’s career and what he will leave the sports world and society. He has had an incredible career, with three NBA Championships and four league MVP’s, but what he is doing for Akron will outlive his basketball career. To a lot of people, this school is just a way to increase James’ brand and bring him more publicity. To a lot of people, what LeBron has done in the game of basketball will define him and will be the only thing he will be remembered for. But LeBron has been an extreme advocate for different social issues, and has been active in his charity contributions. And while I may not agree with all of LeBron’s stances, I cannot argue that the legacy he has created for himself means so much more than basketball. Which will have a much larger and longer lasting impact than any stat or accomplishment he may achieve as a professional basketball player.