Now LeBron Is Helping Educate Parents, Too

James' foundation is helping parents of poor children get their GEDs
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 11, 2015 12:08 PM CDT
Last week, LeBron James' foundation announced it would be helping parents in Akron, Ohio, get their GEDs.   (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

(Newser) – Through his foundation, LeBron James spends at least $1 million every year to educate the poor and at-risk children of his native Akron, Ohio, reports. Now, he's doing something for their parents, too. Last week, the LeBron James Family Foundation announced a partnership with Project Learn of Summit County to help the parents of kids in the foundation's mentorship program get their GEDs, according to Mashable. James' foundation will pay for the GED exam and practice tests, as well as provide free bus passes, parking, and laptops the parents can keep if they finish classes. And participants will get prizes for progress and attendance. For example, six enrollees who attended an informational meeting received Beats by Dre speakers.

"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," the foundation's executive director says in a press release. reports more than 1,000 children are enrolled in the foundation's mentorship program, and nine parents are already participating in the new GED program. It's been an education-focused summer for James, to say the least. Last month, the basketball superstar announced a partnership with the University of Akron to cover tuition for 2,300 students beginning in 2021. (Read more LeBron James stories.)

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