Akron native LeBron James gives back to St. Vincent–St. Mary High School seniors

AKRON, Ohio - Seniors at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School showed off their new digs; Nike jackets given to them by Akron native and NBA star LeBron James during graduation practice.

 "It's pretty cool. I mean, it's definitely cool to have and it's nice that he gave it to us," senior Clayton Eucker said.

Last September, St. Vincent-St. Mary High School invited James to an all-school assembly.  Public relations specialist Patty Burdon said the intention was to give the student body and faculty the opportunity to congratulate the alumnus on his recent accomplishments.

During the event, she said James made a promise to the student body that he would provide every STVM team with new Nike uniforms. Knowing the graduating seniors would not be able to enjoy the uniforms, LeBron arranged for each to receive a Nike gift before the end of this school year.

James made good on the promise sending The LeBron James Family Foundation to present members of the STVM class of 2013 with their gifts.

The gathering took place in the school theater where seniors were rehearsing for their commencement ceremony on Saturday.

"He wanted to make sure the seniors had a special gift since they wouldn't be able to wear the uniforms," said Executive Director, Michelle Campbell.

The students filed in line to get their special-ordered nike jackets.

"I think it's pretty nice some schools probably wouldn't get stuff like this, but you know since he came from the school we got a big gift from him," said Alexis Ford. "We get to wear it all the time and it has our year on it."

Some of the students spent time with James last year. They said he's constantly giving back to the community and their school.
As a result James has left a great impression with these students who share his alma mater.

"He never has forgotten about home, never's really left here. his presence is felt here STVM and in the community with all the charitable initiatives that he does," said Campbell.

James will also donate a new gym to the school.
 

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