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The LeBron James Family Foundationbrought smiles and tears of joy to more than 5,000 of its students and their families at its annual Family Reunion event at Cedar Point on Thursday.

James, along with the University of Akron, announced that students involved in his foundation’s “I Promise” program and meet certain qualifications, will receive full four-year scholarships to the university.

”It’s the reason I do what I do,” said James. ”These students have big dreams, and I’m happy to do everything I can to help them get there. They’re going to have to earn it, but I’m excited to see what these kids can accomplish knowing that college is in their futures.”

The scholarship will cover tuition and the university’s general service fee.

The LJFF also announced the expansion of its long-time partnership with JPMorgan Chase & Co. Under this renewed commitment, JPMorgan Chase will provide technology resources to develop a program that will enable progress reporting for Akron I Promise Network (AIPN) students’ measurable data to ensure they are on track to meet the scholarship requirements.

“JPMorgan Chase is proud to contribute to this innovative collaboration between the LeBron James Family Foundation and the University of Akron,” said Jim Geuther, chair of JPMorgan Chase’s Northeast Ohio Leadership Team. “Our volunteers are inspired by LeBron’s extraordinary personal commitment to Akron’s kids, and the important work of LJFF. Together, we can truly be a ‘Force for Good.’”

Thursday’s announcements were made at LJFF’s annual I Promise Family Reunion event at Cedar Point, where the Cleveland Cavalier welcomed a new class of third graders — the program’s largest class to date — into the Wheels For Education (WFE) program and kicked off a new school year with more than 1,000 WFE and AIPN students.



Article and Picture Courtesy of WOIO 19 Action News Cleveland

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