When graffiti was sprayed on the gate of his $20-million mansion in Brentwood, Los Angeles last year, Lebron James realized that for some people his influence and fame doesn’t mean anything—he’s still a minority because of his skin color.
The Cavaliers superstar spoke with ESPN where he said that even with all his money and no matter how much success he has achieved in his life, there are still some people who will remind him that they would never be equal to them.
“That lets you know I still have a lot of work to do,” he said. “You either cave in to that notion or you say, you know what, I’m going to paint over this gate and make it taller.”
According to TMZ, the N-word graffiti was sprayed on his multi-million dollar crib in exclusive neighborhood in Brentwood. Although he has a mansion there, the Cavs forward doesn’t really frequent there during the NBA season.
And Lebron James is putting his money where his mouth is.
The four-time MVP built the Lebron James Family Foundation, which provides scholarships to kids in inner cities in order to help extricate them from their situation. The foundation also helps support Boys & Girls Clubs, which serve as safe havens for kids and insulate them from neighborhood and household violence.
In November last year, James plan to build a school finally became a reality after securing the approval from the Akron School Board. The I Promise School seeks to help students described as “at risk of falling behind.” According to the curriculum, classes will start at summer—much earlier than district schools.
The 33-year-old called the school his most important accomplishment.
“Championships, MVPs, I mean points, rebounds and assists, that stuff if whatever,” he said. “But for me to be able to open up a school and give back to my inner city, so many kids that I know because I was those kids.”