LeBron James is inspiring more than just kids with his school in Akron.
Cleveland Browns cornerback T.J. Carrie said Wednesday that the NBA star has motivated him and other athletes to be more active in their communities. ”Are we doing enough?” Carrie asked.
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, James, who recently left the Cleveland Cavaliers and signed with the Los Angeles Lakers, opened the I Promise School, a year-round facility designed for at-risk kids and their families, in his hometown.
The school is funded by a partnership between Akron City Schools and the LeBron James Family foundation. Along with a curriculum that caters to a student’s needs, the school has a food pantry and provides transportation and other educational resources to some of the city’s most needy residents. It currently serves only third- and fourth-grade students Eli Apple Jersey
, but the school plans expand to grades 1-8 by 2020.
Carrie, who signed with the Browns as a free agent in March after four seasons with Oakland, said James’ efforts lead him to want to do more. Two years ago, the 28-year-old launched his own youth foundation.
”I’m talking to my team now,” he said. ”OK, LeBron’s doing this Jimmie Ward Jersey
, we’re not on his level, but the level that we’re on, what can we do to achieve and make a huge difference within the community out here?”
Carrie said some of his teammates have discussed ways in which they can help others.
Carrie also has Ohio connections. The California native played at Ohio University before being drafted by the Raiders in 2014.
Although James is leaving after his second stint with the Cavaliers, Carrie believes his work in Ohio remains.
”LeBron has done an amazing job here in the state of Ohio, period,” Carrie said. ”It sets precedents for what we should do as athletes on how we are a role model to a lot of kids that we may not know Ronnie Lott Jersey
, that we may not see but that know us.”
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers bolstered their return game on Monday, acquiring wide receiver Ryan Switzer from the Oakland Raiders.
Pittsburgh sent a fifth-round pick in the 2019 draft to the Raiders for Switzer and Oakland’s sixth-round pick in 2019.
The Steelers have spent most of training camp experimenting at punt returner, with little success. Rookie wide receivers Justin Thomas and Quadree Henderson and safety Cameron Sutton have all been given opportunities to return kicks during the preseason but have made a minimal impact.
Switzer, a fourth-round pick by Dallas in 2017, averaged 8.8 yards per return last season for the Cowboys. He returned a punt 83 yards for a touchdown in a victory over Washington. Dallas also used Switzer sparingly at wide receiver. He caught six passes for 41 yards in limited action as a rookie before being traded to Oakland in April for defensive end Jihad Ward.
Oakland coach Jon Gruden said Monday that the trade means Dwayne Harris will start the season as Oakland’s kick and punt returner. Switzer became expendable after falling behind other receivers on Oakland’s depth chart. He’ll get a chance for a fresh start in Pittsburgh and could be on the field when the Steelers finish up the preseason against Carolina on Thursday.
“He’s a duel return man Marshall Newhouse Jersey
, a slot receiver of note,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said of Switzer, who grew up in Charleston, West Virginia, about four hours south of Pittsburgh. “He’s a guy we evaluated prior to the (2017) draft … We’ll put him in the mix with these guys and hopefully get him ready to go.” Adidas Mike Green Jersey