The HonoreeA Cleveland, Ohio basketball prodigy since elementary school, LeBron James was Ohio’s Mr. Basketball (high-school player of the year) three times. The Cleveland Cavaliers chose him to play professionally during the first overall selection of the 2003 National Basketball Association (NBA) draft. He signed an unprecedented $90 million endorsement contract with Nike, Inc. before he played a professional game. The four-time Most Valuable Player (MVP) award winner is also a three-championship team member.
As a philanthropist, his I Promise program offers its students free tuition, uniforms, breakfast, lunch, snacks, transportation within two miles, a bicycle and a helmet, access to a food pantry for their families, and guaranteed tuition for all graduates to matriculate at the University of Akron.
Akron, Ohio, USA
A long history of rubber and tire manufacturing, carried on today by the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, gave Akron the nickname "Rubber Capital of the World". The city of about 190,000 people, 30 percent of whom are Black, is a a principal city of the larger Cleveland–Akron–Canton area.
At the 1851 Women's Rights Convention held in Akron, Sojourner Truth delivered what is now recognized as one of the most famous abolitionist and women's rights speeches in American history, “Ain't I a Woman?”. Multi-time National Basketball Association Champions and Most Valuable Players LeBron James and Stephen Curry call this mid-western city home.