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LeBron James receives NBA Cares Community Assist Award

CLEVELAND– LeBron James has received the December NBA Cares Community Assist Award, and will be presented with it before Wednesday night’s game against the Miami Heat.

The award is presented by Kaiser Permanente, who will also donate $10,000 to the LeBron James Family Foundation.

James is being honored for announcing the creation of his I PROMISE School, a new Akron Public School opening in the fall of 2018. James also expanded on his foundation’s support for future students in his I PROMISE program, offering access to critical healthcare services via a partnership with Crystal Clinic.

via Cleveland Cavaliers

Over the holidays, he also took students in his program on private trip to the North Pole on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad’s Polar Express. He also worked to donate toys to kids in kindergarten through second grade in the Akron Public School system, and visited Cleveland Clinic Children’s with his teammates.

“To be able to support and create opportunities for the kids in Akron who are in danger of falling through the cracks means everything to me because I was one of those kids,” James said via a press release.  “I’m proud and excited to create a school and provide resources that will help these students earn an education that will change their lives and give them a better future.”

via Cleveland Cavaliers

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Ashley is a former basketball player who covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Indians and high school sports for NEO Sports Insiders. She also covers the Cavs for SB Nation's Fear The Sword. Ashley is a 2015 graduate of John Carroll University and previously worked in political journalism. You can follow her on Twitter @AshleyBastock42

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