Friday, August 12, 2011

This Week's Inspirational Pop Culture Moments

Dave Hogg from Royal Oak, MI, USA

A basketball star honors his hometown, an edgy animation master pays tribute to his mother and a young Asian American actor hopes to influence others. Here are this week's most inspiring moments in pop culture.

LeBron James Opens Clubhouse for Kids

Although some basketball fans from Ohio felt like LeBron James abandoned them last year when he left the Cleveland Cavaliers to play for the Miami Heat, King James's heart will always be in Akron. In fact this week he officially opened The LeBron James Clubhouse at an Akron Boys & Girls Club.
The basketball star used to be afraid to go into the intimidating and dark Boys & Girls Club when he was a young boy. So he has spent $240,000 from his family foundation to renovate the space, making it a safe haven for children in the area.

He told the Associated Press, "As a kid, this is one of the places we didn't want to go. But to see the transformation from what this place used to be to what it is now is amazing, and the only reason we're doing it is for these kids. They are our future."

In addition to the clubhouse, he also launched a program providing education tools to area schools. Even though he plays ball in another city, his heart remains in Akron. "I will always be here. I grew up in this city. I love this city, and I'm instilled in this city. No matter where my life may take me, I will always be in Akron, Ohio. I will always give back to Akron, Ohio. Because these kids deserve it."

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