LeBron James made headlines this summer when he revealed that he’s been doing more with his money than most.
The basketball superstar revealed that the public school he built would open this year, combining charitable involvement from him—both financially and investment-wise—with public school resources, utilizing his money to build up the public education system instead of opening a charter or private institution.
Now, he’s spending even more money for even more children, moving outside of the Akron, Ohio, area to make sure kids in New York aren’t ignored as well.
NBC New York reported that James had paid a visit to Queens high school Christ the King, giving the basketball teams some attention and upgrades.
TMW LeBron James visits your high school ?
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) September 4, 2018
The school is known as a basketball powerhouse, boasting elite alumni such as current WNBA superstar Sue Bird and the late Lamar Odom.
Although James isn’t a New Yorker, though, he made sure that the students there felt just as appreciated as the kids in his hometown, ensuring that they got the supplies needed to continue being an elite basketball program and allowing the school to feel a bit less financial strain in the face of needed locker room renovations and new uniforms.
Head coach Joe Arbitello helped LeBron reveal totally upgraded locker rooms to both the boys and girls teams after James got a chance to speak to the student athletes, then watched on as the current NBA star gifted each student with exclusive, retro Christ the King “CTK” Nike Zoom Lebron 3 sneakers to go with their new uniforms.
— Joe Arbitello (@ctkcoachjarbs) September 4, 2018
The shoes, which are available to the public as well, sold out on the SNKRS app in New York City almost immediately, although they’ll be for sale at Footlocker in New York City as well.
There’s been some backlash against the school’s partnership with LeBron and Nike, but the support has been far louder. And for Coach Arbitello, the amount of work that LeBron is putting into improving the lives of these students far outweighs the criticisms.
Two men start school under bridge to teach underprivileged children—now they have 300 students