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.
- Ballah-moni Kollie (@Gottadream87)
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