Aug. 4, 2018
Free tuition. Free uniforms. Free bicycle and helmet. Free transportation within 2 miles. Free breakfast, lunch and snacks. Food pantry for families. GEDs and job placement services for parents. And guaranteed tuition to the University of Akron for every student who graduates. These are the benefits that 240 third- and fourth-grade students will receive from LeBron James’ I Promise School, which recently opened in the NBA superstar’s hometown of Akron, Ohio. “I think that’s what kids ultimately want,” he told ESPN’s Rachel Nichols. “They just want to feel like someone cares about them, and that’s what we’re trying to do here.” James has continued to show that he’s certainly “more than an athlete” — and many have taken notice, including former first lady Michelle Obama, who delivered a heartfelt shoutout to the King on Twitter. Not to be overshadowed by the opening of James’ school is the off-the-court efforts of Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Derrick Rose. The former league MVP is launching a scholarship program that will award more than $400,000 in tuition money “to provide students a path to college that was not previously available to them.” James took to Twitter to salute the “Rose Scholars” initiative.
What a week it was for these two players.