LeBron James Earns NBA Cares Community Assist Award

The day after dishing out 10 assists in his first regular-season win with the Los Angeles Lakers, LeBron James got a dime right back. On Thursday, the NBA announced LeBron as the recipient of the Offseason NBA Cares Community Assist Award, presented by Kaiser Permanente, for his efforts to open the I PROMISE School in Akron, Ohio.

The league and Kaiser Permanente will also donate $10,000 to the LeBron James Family Foundation, and honor him during a ceremony prior to the Lakers’ game against the Denver Nuggets at Staples Center on Thursday night.

“Opening the I PROMISE School is one of the best things I’ve ever been a part of, because I know how important those resources are to these kids and families in Akron,” LeBron said in a press release issued by the NBA. “To be able to create a place where they’re excited about going to school and where they feel safe and supported, that changes everything for them. And for my foundation, this is just the beginning for the I PROMISE School. We’re still building and will continue to do everything we can to help these families with the challenges they face every day.”

The I PROMISE School, which opened on July 30, is a public institution that currently serves third- and fourth-graders who come from difficult circumstances, like those LeBron faced as a child. It also provides resources and services for the families of its students.

To learn more about the I PROMISE School and LeBron’s role in its founding, check out CloseUp360’s deep dive into the crown jewel of the King’s community work in his hometown.