LeBron James during his high school days at the gym he is now making a 1 million dollar donation to upgrade into a state of the art facility
LeBron James is donating $1 million to his old high school so they can upgrade their antiquated gymnasium into a state of the art facility. The gymnasium at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School has been opened since 1959 and wasn’t even the correct floor regulation. The new gymnasium will be called “The LeBron James Arena.”
Miami Heat star James has donated $1 million for renovation of the St. V-M gymnasium.
Built in 1958 and opened in 1959, its floor wasn’t even regulation.
“It was a foot short on each end,” said Patty Burdon, St. V-M public relations manager.
Renderings are underway for what will be named The LeBron James Arena. The project will include a new floor, lighting, bleachers, restrooms and an upgraded training room.
The old gym will be gutted, with school officials hoping work will be completed for the start of the 2013-14 basketball season in November.
“This is not a surprise to me at all,” Burdon said. “LeBron has never left St. Vincent-St. Mary High School, or the Akron community for that matter. He’s been giving since the day he left.”
It’s great to see LeBron James continuing to give back to his community. They love him in Akron and he’s certainly given them reason to continue to root for their hometown hero. Maybe they will be able to root him on in a Cleveland Cavalier jersey when he can opt out of his contract after next season with the Miami Heat. Never say never.