LeBron James has experienced his greatest year on the court winning an NBA championship, MVP award and gold-medla. His off-the-court has been just as notable. In a very sincere and lengthy open letter in a prominent local Akron newspaper, James discusses the city and the charity he is promoting. It's a very sincere, lengthy and serious. A LeBron hater can definitely take parts the 600-word-plus essay to ridicule him, but that should not be necessary here. Below is a snippet of the letter. Click through to read the whole thing.
Via LeBron James | Akron Beacon Journal
One year ago, I met and talked with 342 third graders and in that conversation, together, we made a promise. We promised to stay committed to each other until their graduation in 2021. The word promise is an important word in my life; it can be a pledge and it can mean potential. I wear a bracelet that says I PROMISE, as a reminder to not let the kids down, on and off the court. .... Wheels for Education is so much more than a charitable activity. To me, it is an expression of my experience in Akron and what this community provided for me. I was no different than the Wheels for Education kids. These children are dealing with the same issues and obstacles I faced. .... I also want to take this opportunity to tell the people of Akron how much I appreciate all the love and support they have given me this year. After the 2011 NBA Finals, I came home to Akron. Being surrounded by friends, family and the people of this city helped me prepare for the season, strengthened me to become a better athlete and grow into a better leader. I am truly blessed to be a part of such an amazing community.