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Lebron James sets up a program to give up to $40M in college scholarships to struggling residents of his native Akron; the program has both tutoring and service components.

"James made an announcement last week that was, if not ignored, totally devoid of the fanfare that accompanied ‘‘The Decision,’’ that misguidedly self-centered spectacle by which he revealed he was forgoing the grit of Cleveland for the glamor of Miami five years ago. He is sponsoring a program that will enable thousands of disadvantaged kids in his native Akron to receive college scholarships....

"Some basketball fans’ unrelenting animus toward James makes no sense. The scholarship program could cost $40 million if enough kids take advantage of it, and there is a tutoring/mentoring component available to prepare them, as well as a community-service requirement."--Dan McGrath, the Chicago Sun-Times

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