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LeBron James always said that he would take care of his Akron roots, and one of the most prominent parts of those roots came at LeBron's high school, Akron (Ohio) St. Vincent-St. Mary School. This year, he's taking care of them to the tune of flashy new uniforms for the school's football team, just in time for the 2013 season.
As noted by MaxPreps, and posted by LeBron himself on Instagram, St. Vincent-St. Mary will now play in an intimidating all black hue, with the school's stylized Fighting Irish mascot punching far forward on cutting edge matte black Nike helmets.
What do you think? Are the new SVSM duds hot, or not?
According to the Akron Beacon-Journal, the football uniform makeover was just a small part of his "I Promise Family Reunion" which he hosts annually at the Akron school. James' foundation gives 700 area youth a full back-to-school kit -- complete with bike, helmet, school uniform and backpack tags -- after they complete a two-week pro-education camp.
"I don't really put a title on it," James said of his charity for the school he once called home. "I do it because I have a passion. I do it because I want to do it. It's not because someone came to me and said, 'You should do this because you owe it to them.' It's something that was instilled in me to give back.This is my city, there's 190,000 of us. For me to be one of the few to make it, it wasn't hard at all."
James' latest effort is just a small part of what he has contributed to the Akron school. In addition to the football team's uniforms, all other fall sports teams at the school will also be given new, cutting edge Nike uniforms. And the school will feature a new $1 million gym this winter, with the original basketball surface and other upgrades paid for by another donation by LeBron.
At this point, the two-time defending NBA champion and MVP has become a one-man, year-over-year endowment for the school. The only complicating factor will come if, or perhaps when, Akron names a public school after James. Who will the superstar give to then?