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LeBron James Encourages Voters to Pass Ohio School Levy

How is LeBron James keeping busy during the ongoing NBA lockout?

He's encouraging voters in his hometown of Akron, Ohio, to pass a $5.5 million property tax that would go toward the Akron public schools.

James recorded a robocall that went out to 30,000 voters this past Tuesday, according to the Akron Beacon-Journal.

The call went a little something like this, according to the paper:

"Hello, this is LeBron James asking you to support Issue 14 for Akron's public schools. The strength of our community and the Akron public schools were a blessing in my life.

"Without Issue 14, our schools are facing massive cuts and a future seriously threatened. Our kids are the foundation of Akron. They deserve the best schools, the best educational opportunities.

"Please remember to vote for Issue 14 next Tuesday, November 8th. Education matters to me and Akron's future."

While James' popularity plummeted after "The Decision" in the summer of 2010, his ongoing charitable work should make him plenty popular among local youths.

For instance: Proceeds from "The Decision"—more than $3 million in total—went toward helping more than 50 Boys & Girls Clubs across the country. James donated $240,000 to open a new Boys & Girls Club in Akron back in August 2010, and almost another quarter-million dollars to B&G clubs in Cleveland and Elyria, Ohio, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

James recently received the "Champion of Youth" award from the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, in honor of the work he's done with children over the past five years.

The moral of the story: James may have nuked his popularity with "The Decision," but his charitable contributions to children around the country deserve equal recognition.

Let's just hope Akron voters still aren't as furious with James as some residents of nearby Cleveland likely are.

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