NBA superstar LeBron James is set to open a multimillion-dollar medical centre in Akron, Ohio, where he grew up. The LeBron James Family Foundation stated on Instagram that the facility, I Promise HealthQuarters, will be open to provide services to children at his I Promise School and those in the surrounding neighborhoods.
The LeBron James Family Foundation shared the announcement on Instagram, saying, “When our families indicated a need for greater health care services… we went to work.” “We’ve partnered with three groups, AxessPointe, Coleman Services, and Peg’s Foundation, to form I Promise HealthQuarters, which will provide a wide range of services under one roof.”
Medical, dental, optometry, mental health, pharmaceutical, and lab services will be available at the facility.
“We began rallying our community to bring the experts together under one trusted roof because access to affordable health care has always been a critical need for our families – and further heightened by the pandemic,” Michele Campbell, executive director of the LeBron James Family Foundation, told CBS News.
“Only because we have wonderful partners that share our We Are Family concept are we able to provide this crucial resource for the entire community.”
The health center will “open in 2023 and will be within walking distance of the I Promise School and across the street from House Three Thirty, a center that assists in job training and financial literacy,” according to CNBC News.
James was just confirmed as a billionaire by Forbes, making him the first active NBA player to do so.
According to Forbes, the Los Angeles Lakers player has “maximized his business,” with pretax earnings of more than $1.2 billion. “As the NBA’s highest-paid active player, he has commanded more than $385 million in salary from the Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat, and Los Angeles Lakers.” He has made upwards of $900 million in endorsements and various economic activities off the court,” Forbes stated.
James, who was born on December 30, 1984, in Akron, Ohio, began playing basketball as a child. Basketball quickly became a way of life for him, and he thrived as a member of his elementary school basketball team. When he was only 18 years old, he signed a Nike endorsement agreement. Last year, the basketball star’s association with Nike, as well as deals with AT&T, PepsiCo, and Walmart, made him the world’s second-highest-earning athlete.