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LeBron James finally has his first win with the Los Angeles Lakers, and now he has his first NBA award as a Laker as well.
The NBA announced on Thursday that LeBron has received the offseason NBA Cares Community Assist Award for his work in opening the I PROMISE School in conjunction with Akron Public Schools. The award recognizes the work an NBA player does from the end of one season to the start of the next, and it’s hard to find a more worthy recipient than James.
During the recent offseason, James and the LeBron James Family Foundation worked with the school district in his hometown of Akron, Ohio, to open the I PROMISE School. The goal of the school — which is public and not a private school — is to help kids and their parents overcome the same problems James and his family encountered when he was a kid growing up in Akron. The school has an innovative curriculum, and provides meals, supplies, and uniforms in addition to buses and bikes for transportation.
When the doors to the school opened on July 30, it welcomed nearly 250 third- and fourth-grade students, but it doesn’t just focus on the kids. There’s also a Family Resource Center on the school’s campus to help parents, families, and caretakers. The resource center offers GED classes and job-placement services, counseling, legal services, and a food pantry.
The NBA and the award’s sponsor, Kaiser Permanente, are honoring LeBron “for his commitment to creating long-term, generational change throughout Northeast Ohio by providing both youth and their parents with year-round educational and wellness resources.”
The NBA Cares Community Assist Award has been given out every month during the NBA season since 2001, but this is just the second time an offseason award has been given out. DeMarcus Cousins received the inaugural offseason award in 2017 for his community work in Alabama, New Orleans, Sacramento and South Africa.
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