Lakers’ star LeBron James is no stranger to lending a helping hand to those in need. Like many other athletes, he’s used his platform to give back to various communities. Of course, James has gone above and beyond by building a public elementary school in his hometown of Akron, Ohio to support disadvantaged youth.
Executive Director of the LeBron James Family Foundation, Michele Campbell, spoke on the initiative saying:
“We’re seeing families struggling every day with very real and often unexpected issues that turn their worlds upside down. It’s our mission to listen and learn about those needs and respond with real, meaningful resources that set their entire families up for success.”
There are currently 97 shoes, not pairs, that are up for sale ranging anywhere from $15,000-$30,000. Anyone who buys a shoe will be receiving the shoe of course as well as a certificate of authenticity and a personalized donor plaque. The matching shoe in the pair will go to the school to be placed on a “wall of shoes” for everyone to see. According to James, 100% of the proceeds will go straight to the school to help fund initiatives such as a food pantry, medical and mental support, access to the family resource center, etc. All of these initiatives would go a long way to the future of the school’s 1,500 students.