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LeBron James is arguably not only the most influential NBA player of this generation, but overall athlete. And while King James is one of the best on the court, he is also known for doing some amazing things off the court. During the Summer of 2018 LeBron James opened up his very own “I Promise” School, a school for under-privileged kids in the inner-city of his hometown of Akron, Ohio that serves kids grades 1-8.

LeBron James and his Lebron James Family Foundation took it a step further today as they decided to surprise his kids by gifting them over 800 pairs of his Nike LeBron 16s in 10 different colorways to choose from. Every child in the school was able to go home with a fresh pair of Brons and the smiles on their faces says all you need to know. Big ups to LeBron James for taking care of the kids and always giving back to the community.

via: LBJFF

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Franchise Magazine, the premier outlet for global basketball culture, just dropped issue number six, capturing a contemporary portrait of the basketball world.

Its biggest issue to date, Franchise Issue 06 showcases a broad range of global basketball stars alongside world renowned creators exploring their relationship with the sport through personal, inventive, and avante-garde articulations.

The cover of Issue 06 features NBA 2019 MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo shot by UK-based Nigerian photographer Ruth Ossai. Captured in Greece with Ossai’s signature use of dynamic backdrops imported from Lagos, the portraits show all of the Antetokounmpo brothers as well as their mother, Veronica.

Franchise follows NBA rookie Rui Hachimura on his journey into the league throughout draft week — artist Kosuke Kawamura created a collage of Hachimura for the cover of an exclusive edition, sold only in Japan.

The issue also includes painter Lauren Halsey, fresh from her accolades and residencies at Frieze and Louis Vuitton, and a studio visit with L.A.-based Devin Troy Strother that showcases the artist in his element, as he shines a light on his upbringing, current projects and the process behind them.

Photographer Isa Saalabi makes his third appearance in the publication, this time documenting the NBPA Top 100 Camp in his signature style. Franchise editor Kirsten Chen meets artist Zhou Yilun in his studio outside of Hangzhou, China to get the story behind his unique works, and long-time collaborator Diplo takes time out from his residency in Las Vegas to speak with WNBA All-Star Liz Cambage. The two discussed her childhood, basketball and her growing DJ career. The acclaimed Hassan Rahim created an original work, Biometrics 001, which is included in each issue as a foldout poster.

Finally, Franchise founders Justin Montag and Chris Dea travel to Paris to visit the House of Jumpman and Quai 54 to spend time with Kemba Walker, Blake Griffin alongside Jordan design team. Packed within the 200 pages is an illustrious group of contributors that are working at the cutting edge of their disciplines.

All of this and more make up Franchise Issue 06. Hot off the press, pick up your very own copy here.

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