LeBron James recently donated $1 million to his former high school.
The money will be used to renovate the school’s gymnasium which will be rename the LeBron James Arena.
ESPN reports that James attended St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in Akron from 1999-2003. Despite the fact that James played at St. Vincent-St Mary, most of his games were played at the University of Akron to accommodate for the large crowds that would come to watch him play.
Still, the gym is a pretty important landmark in James’ life. He still returns to the school to train during the off-season and when he returns this year the gym will have his name above the doors.
James told the Akron Beacon that he’ll be donating some of his time in addition to the money.
James said: “I’m a hands-on guy and this is going to be more hands-on because it’s something that means a lot to me … I’ll try to be hands on with Coach Dru, with the school, with the floor, the locker rooms, the bleachers. … I have a good sense of what stadiums or arenas or schools or gyms should look like.”
James won three state titles at St. Vincent-St. Mary. He won in 2000, 2001, and 2003. His jersey is now retired at the school.
LeBron will probably have his uniform retired in at least one more stadium by the time his career is over. The NBA star won his first NBA championship last year and the Miami Heat are the favorites to win again in 2013. The Heat have already advanced to the second round where they will face the Chicago Bulls or the Brooklyn Nets.
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