LeBron James Family Foundation Donates Nike Signature Sneakers to ‘I PROMISE’ Students

The 17th edition of LeBron James’ signature sneaker with Nike officially went on sale on October 3. But that doesn’t mean that last year’s version should go to waste—and considering the giving nature of the Los Angeles Lakers All-Star, it never would.

On Monday, the LeBron James Family Foundation distributed more than 800 pairs of the LeBron 16s to middle and high school students in the organization’s I PROMISE program. That’s not to be confused with students at the LeBron-backed I PROMISE School in Akron, Ohio, which is currently home to a select group of elementary school students in need of additional academic and social support.

The shoes were distributed in 10 different colorways, including “MPLS,” “Harlem Stage,” “Remix,” “Medicine Ball” and “Four Horsemen.”

Students in the I PROMISE program who graduate from Akron Public Schools and meet a certain set of criteria are eligible for a scholarship covering tuition and fees to attend the University of Akron. As many as 2,300 students could benefit from the scholarship, which was announced in 2015. The first class of potential scholars is scheduled to matriculate in 2021.

In the meantime, those kids can enjoy their fresh kicks, courtesy of the NBA’s King.


Josh Martin is the Editorial Director of CloseUp360. He previously covered the NBA for Bleacher Report and USA Today Sports Media Group, and has written for Yahoo! Sports and Complex. He is also the co-host of the Hollywood Hoops podcast. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram.