LeBron graduated from STVM in 2003. He spent four memorable years playing basketball and winning three State Championships under the leadership of Coach Dru. LeBron was also a member of the football team his freshman, sophomore and junior year. LeBron was inducted into the STVM Hall of Fame on August 9, 2011 with his teammates and lifelong friends: Dru Joyce, Willie McGee, Romeo Travis and Sian Cotton. LeBron and his teammates have a special bond that was best told to the world in the movie More Than a Game and also in the book Shooting Stars by Buzz Bissenger.
LeBron graduated from STVM and immediately entered the NBA draft. He was selected #1 in the 2003 draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers. From a fun loving teenager to NBA Superstar in an instant, LeBron’s life changed quickly from his humble upbringing in Akron, Ohio. His commitment to his alma mater, however, has never wavered.
When I graduated from St. Vincent - St. Mary high school in Akron, Ohio in 2003, I PROMISED to never forget where I came from. Today, that PROMISE was materialized by the grand opening of The LeBron James Arena at STVM, complete with a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony. Last year, we pledged $1 million to completely renovate the gym, which was gutted and rebuilt to include new hardwood flooring, bleachers, branded scoreboards, lighting, and all new sports equipment. The renovation also includes brand new locker room facilities for both men and women student athletes.
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