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Uninterrupted, the Lebron James Impact

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There are few names universally known, but on the basketball court, Lebron James is one. But James isn’t just a major league basketball player, he’s also a crusader for the community. In my profile I will discuss how Lebron James has impacted the world in his own time, off the court.

Recently Lebron has been involved in the community making it better for the kids in Akron, Ohio. In 2018, Lebron opened a public school named the “I Promise School,” in an effort to support the Akron youth.

“When people ask me why a school that’s part of the reason why,” said James at his opening speech for the school. “Because I know exactly what these 240 kids are going through. I know the streets that they walk. I know the trials and tribulations that they go through. I know the ups and the downs. Everything that they dream about.”

James’s mother, Gloria, had him at the age of 16. Without the support of another parent, Gloria struggled to pay the bills as James grew up. He moved from place to place between his mother and her friends and family, so he constantly missed school. Because of this, James has made strides to make attending his new school easier for the students and their parents.

“Not only is [the] tuition free, so are uniforms and transportation for every student who lives more than two miles away. Every student gets breakfast, lunch and snacks. College tuition is guaranteed for every student who graduates and there is a food pantry for families.”

But this isn’t the only way that James has impacted the world off the court. In February of 2018, news reporter Layra Ingraham told Lebron and company to “shut up and dribble,” showing a video of James and Kevin Durant talking about politics and the world problems.

“A barely intelligible and very ungrammatical take,” Ingraham called it.

Many people and pro athletes rebuked against her online and said her comments were racist.

Eventually, James responded, “I will definitely not do that. I get to sit up here and talk about social injustice equality and why a woman on a certain network decide to tell me to shut up and dribble. So thank you whatever her name is.”

This later became a campaign created by James called “More than an athlete.” This campaign made more athletes and people around the world feel more comfortable talking about political issues. James produced a television series, “The Shop: Uninterrupted,” where events of all kinds are discussed much like in in the barber shops James grew up around. The free-spirited nature of the talk show’s discussions has made it quite popular, as it’s already on its second season.

LeBron James is a successful man, and he has done much for the community. While his actions on the court are worthy of reporting, we should all pay attention to what James and other athletes are doing outside of the game.

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