LeBron James Expands Scholarship Program To Help Ohio Parents Earn GEDs
Just when you though LeBron James couldn’t be more giving, he does this.
Recently, the Akron native quietly announced an addition to his “I PROMISE” campaign — which sends high school students to college for free — that will help parents obtain their General Education Development degree (GED), according to the Huffington Post.
The “I PROMISE, Too” program will pay for testing fees, laptops, bus passes, and hand out prizes for good work. Parents who have children in the LeBron James Family Foundation and wish to receive their GEDs are automatically welcome.
James’ foundation partnered with adult education organization Project Learn of Summit County, which will also cover costs for the newly launched program. The Cavaliers player released a statement via spokesperson explaining why parents’ education is just as important as the education of our youth.
“We are so excited about the I PROMISE, Too program because a huge part of our Foundation’s work centers around parent involvement,” Michele Campbell, the executive director of the LeBron James Family Foundation, said in a press release. “This is an opportunity to help our parents make strides in their own academic careers so they are better equipped to help our students keep their educational promises.”
“We can’t reach our students without their parents’ support, so this program is monumental for our families and their futures,” she added.
James’ program will also ensure parents are prepared to enter the workforce. Currently, the “I PROMISE” network reaches over 1,100 Akron public school students. Children as young as 8-years-old are given access to mentors and helpful resources to help reach their potential.