LeBron James often says he will never forget where he came from, and he feels an obligation to represent Akron.
No one knows that better than the students and faculty at his alma mater, St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in Akron.
Patty Burdon, a liaison between the school and the LeBron James Family Foundation, estimates James have given more than $2 million to the school over the years. The donations include $1 million to renovate the gymnasium, about $250,000 to buy new uniforms for all athletes and band members, and a recent $100,000 check for the school to use at it chooses.
"He not only gave money to fund these projects, but he also gave his time," Burdon said.
Russell Cooper, a 17-year football and track athlete, said he's inspired by LBJ's generosity.
Cooper is a "330 ambassador" through the foundation and helps tutor and read to younger students.
"We just are making sure that we are playing a role in their lives to be that role that he (LeBron) wishes he could play on a regular basis," Cooper said.
Burdon is confident James will keep donating to St. Vincent-St. Mary because "when he makes a promise, it means forever."
Burdon believes James channels a similar commitment on the court, making him a spectacular player. She said if she could stress one thing to the kids it would be to focus on his work ethic.
"He sets his sights and he goes for it, and as far as the Warriors, he's a bring-it-on guy, so God help them."