LeBron graduated from STVM in 2003. He spent four of the most important and memorable years of his life 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 years. 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 showcased in the SpringHill Entertainment-produced documentary â€œMore Than a Gameâ€ and also in the book â€œShooting Starsâ€ by Buzz Bissenger.
After graduating from STVM, LeBron immediately entered the NBA draft as one of the nationâ€™s most highly sought-after talents. He was selected #1 overall 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. — LeBron James
For more than a decade, that lifelong promise to his alma mater has materialized in a number of ways, perhaps most visibly through the grand opening of The LeBron James Arena at STVM. LeBron pledged $1 million to completely renovate the gym he grew up playing in, 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.
Also inside the building bearing his name is a special wall dedicated to his journey beginning with his early upbringing in Akron all the way through his NBA successes. Today, his story is still unfolding, but he will never forget where he came from.
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