Uproxx- Earlier in the summer, The LeBron James Family Foundation announced a program that would send over 2,000 Ohio-based children to college. Now, James, in a partnership with Project Learn of Summit County, is helping out the parents and guardians of the children enrolled in the foundation’s scholastic mentorship program who don’t have high school degrees or a GED by providing them with financial and emotional support to obtain high school equivalency credentials and learn other life skills.
The new program for adults is called “I PROMISE, Too” and so far counts nine adults – who will be taught by instructors from Project Learn. Again, only parents or guardians of children in James’ mentorship program are eligible.
In the new program, enrollees received an inspirational letter from the Cavaliers superstar basketball player, HP laptop computers that they can keep if they finish the classes, and free bus passes and parking to attend class.
Participants will also have covered the $6 cost to take the GED practice test and $120 cost for taking the entire, official GED exam. The foundation will also provide prizes for good attendance, work progress, and other achievements.
Does this seem like an extremely sincere thing for a professional athlete to do in the city that he plays in, that coincidentally doubles as his hometown? Sure does. Does that mean I am buying the authenticity of it? Sure doesn't. Does it count as being biased if I fully admit to harboring an anti-LeBron bias? I have just decided in my head that nothing LeBron James does will ever be good enough. Do I at least get points for accepting and embracing how unfair that is to him? Let's be honest, if I was going to start giving LeBron credit when he deserved it then I would have started with the NBA finals. You know, when he lost despite literally and figuratively carrying his broke ass team within two games of a championship. That would have been the perfect place to start being objective, but alas, that ship has sailed.
Here's the thing. I don't buy it, and neither should the citizens of Cleveland. Should you thank him for his charitable efforts in helping you earn your GED? Of course. Should you question his motives? Absolutely. Nothing that LeBron has done has ever been genuine. You can never take his actions at face value. Why would that change now? It's like how he wears that huge, unsightly headband to distract us from the fact that he's balding faster than Larry in Accounting. LeBron buying a bunch of people degrees is just his way of "helping them" forget that he hasn't brought them the one thing that he can't buy, an NBA Championship. Cleveland doesn't want to graduate LEBRON, they want to celebrate. They don't care if you're that sweet, innocent boy from Akron that you constantly try to portray. In fact, you could be the huge douchebag that you ultimately end up coming off as anyway. Just win baby. You can't buy the love of a blue collar city Bron-Bron. If you really want to enhance the prestige of your hometown then get back in the gym, because apparently averaging a triple double in the NBA finals just isn't cutting it.