LeBron James is giving kids from Akron — ones with challenging backgrounds like his — the chance to go to college for free.
The NBA star has partnered with the University of Akron to provide a guaranteed four-year scholarship to the school for students in James' "I Promise" program who qualify. The scholarship will cover tuition and the university's general service fee — currently $9,500 per year.
It's the latest example of James, who often refers to himself "as just a kid from Akron" giving back to a community that helped raise him.
"It's the reason I do what I do," said James, who announced the program Thursday while...