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Sale of LeBron James’ game-worn shoes support the Akron I Promise program

October 4, 2018

Sale of LeBron James’ game-worn shoes support the Akron I Promise program

AKRON, Ohio - The LeBron James Family Foundation is selling some of  the basketball star’s game-worn athletic shoes to raise money to support his I Promise program.

The shoes sell for $15,000-$35,000, and come in a variety of colors and styles -- some are lace ups, some have Velcro and most are high tops. You can view and purchase the shoes here.

At check out, each entry cheerfully announces there’s “only 1 left!” (They’re all left shoes.)

Each of the 102 remaining shoes comes with a certificate of authenticity and the back story on the game in which James wore the shoe, along with his game stats.

The most expensive shoe, at $35,000, is the “LeBron Zoom Soldier 10,” worn during Game 3 of 2016 NBA Finals.

Led by James, the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Golden State Warriors to win the 2016 championship.

So far, 12 shoes have been purchased, mostly anonymously. One shoe was bought by pro golfer Bubba Watson and his wife, Angie Watson.

Buying a shoe supports programs that help the 1,300 kids in the LeBron James Family Foundation’s I Promise program, which has a presence in all the schools across the Akron school district.

If you buy a shoe, your name will appear on a plaque next to the matching shoe as part of a display prominently positioned in the entryway of the I Promise School in Akron.

According to the foundation, the shoes are a symbol of James’ hard work over the years. The shoe display is intended to serve as inspiration for the I Promise School students, who are encouraged to draw from James’ now famous quote ”... nothing is given, everything is earned.”

The I Promise School, which opened in July to an inaugural class of 240 at-risk Akron third-and fourth graders, targets kids who are under-performing in reading, math and other essential academic areas. The goal is to provide the kids and their caretakers with enough support to ensure the kids graduate.

Students who complete specific classroom criteria established through the I Promise program and graduate from high school are guaranteed a four-year college scholarship, which James partnered with the University of Akron in 2015 to provide.

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