May 2, 2013
LeBron James Donates $1 Million To High School For Upgrades

Ohio.com

http://www.ohio.com/news/break-news/lebron-james-donating-1-million-to-st-vincent-st-mary-to-renovate-high-school-gym-1.394524

The antiquated gymnasium at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School (Ohio) has become somewhat of a shrine for LeBron James fans. Four college-bound young men stopped by two summers ago on an out-of-town pilgrimage and others wander in occasionally.

But three-time NBA MVP James has decided it is time for athletes at his alma mater to play in a state-of-the-art facility.

Miami Heat star James has donated $1 million for renovation of the St. V-M gymnasium.

Built in 1958 and opened in 1959, its court measured 84 feet by 50 feet, not the 94 by 50 size being constructed now.

“It is a funny quirk, but clearly it hasn’t stopped world champions from developing basketball skills, said Ellen Zegarra, St. V-M’s director of advancement.

Renderings are under way for what will be named The LeBron James Arena. Begun in January, the project will include a new floor, lighting, bleachers, locker rooms, rest rooms and an upgraded training room. One wall will tell the story of James and his high school friendships and why he is so emotionally tied to us, said Patty Burdon, St. V-M public relations manager.

The seating capacity may be slightly larger than its current size of about 1,700, St. V-M boys basketball coach Dru Joyce II said.

The old gym will be gutted, and St. V-M president Tom Carone hopes the new gym will be completed by the end of September.

With a project of this magnitude that’s this exciting, it’s amazing how quickly people can get to work and get things done. There’s just such excitement and momentum behind it, Zegarra said. We’re just overwhelmed with gratitude.”

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LeBron James Donates $1 Million To High School For Upgrades

Ohio.com

http://www.ohio.com/news/break-news/lebron-james-donating-1-million-to-st-vincent-st-mary-to-renovate-high-school-gym-1.394524

The antiquated gymnasium at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School (Ohio) has become somewhat of a shrine for LeBron James fans. Four college-bound young men stopped by two summers ago on an out-of-town pilgrimage and others wander in occasionally.

But three-time NBA MVP James has decided it is time for athletes at his alma mater to play in a state-of-the-art facility.

Miami Heat star James has donated $1 million for renovation of the St. V-M gymnasium.

Built in 1958 and opened in 1959, its court measured 84 feet by 50 feet, not the 94 by 50 size being constructed now.

“It is a funny quirk, but clearly it hasn’t stopped world champions from developing basketball skills, said Ellen Zegarra, St. V-M’s director of advancement.

Renderings are under way for what will be named The LeBron James Arena. Begun in January, the project will include a new floor, lighting, bleachers, locker rooms, rest rooms and an upgraded training room. One wall will tell the story of James and his high school friendships and why he is so emotionally tied to us, said Patty Burdon, St. V-M public relations manager.

The seating capacity may be slightly larger than its current size of about 1,700, St. V-M boys basketball coach Dru Joyce II said.

The old gym will be gutted, and St. V-M president Tom Carone hopes the new gym will be completed by the end of September.

With a project of this magnitude that’s this exciting, it’s amazing how quickly people can get to work and get things done. There’s just such excitement and momentum behind it, Zegarra said. We’re just overwhelmed with gratitude.”






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