Students will hopefully use their bicycles as an avenue for better opportunities—similar to what James once did
By Nicole Ganglani | Photo from NBA.com

Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James partnered with ride-sharing app Lyft and YMCA to supply bikes for students from New York City, Chicago, Oakland, and San Jose to improve their access to transportation.

James, who has always been fond of bicycles, believes that his childhood bike opened doors for him growing up. His bicycle was what helped him get to safe places after school and what brought him to basketball practices and around his hometown in Akron. The superstar hopes to do the same thing to dozens of kids with his program called LyftUp.

The goal of the LyftUp program is to improve transportation access for eligible students. These students will receive membership and education on bike safety guidelines and hopefully use this as an avenue for better opportunities ahead of them—similar to what James once did.

Besides providing bicycles for students, James’ inaugural class in the school he built called I Promise will also be receiving free tuition to Kent State University. All 193 high school juniors will be guaranteed free tuition for four years, and one year of free room and meal plan as they pursue collegiate education. James is also in the process of building temporary housing for families at the same school he founded.

Bigger than Basketball

“For me to be in a position where I can give these kids options to decide what they want to do with their future, it’s probably the best thing I’ve ever done,” says James.

James has already solidified himself as one of the best players and it’s remarkable to watch him use his influence for the greater good of society. His mantra “bigger than basketball” has definitely helped him make an impact on people outside sports in general. From building his own school to now providing free bicycles and tuition fees for students, suffice it to say that his growing legacy outside the basketball court continues to change lives for the better.

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