LeBron James announces nationwide special in May to honor graduating seniors

first_img Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Related Articles How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe event will be helmed by James’ SpringHill Entertainment with input from students and teachers, backed by the American Federation of Teachers. Various celebrities involved with the event announced on social media by sharing high school photos of themselves. Students, teachers and families have been invited to share their own videos and photos on social media using the hashtag #GraduateTogether. Local television stations airing the broadcast will also be able to cut away and share stories in their own communities.The sweeping collaboration involving multiple networks, media platforms and performers offers perspective into the scale of the crisis — how the experience of social distancing has universally impacted students around the country who have largely been asked to continue school from home, often in challenging conditions.The partners on the special have also called for donations to support DonorsChoose and America’s Food Fund, nonprofits that support educational and food security goals for those struggling during the coronavirus crisis.The broadcast is scheduled to air 8 p.m. PT on Saturday, May 16. Other entertainment figures committed to the project include Bad Bunny, Charli D’Amelio, Dixie D’Amelio, Chika, YBN Cordae, Loren Gray, H.E.R., Brandan Bmike Odums, Ben Platt, Henry Platt, Jonah Platt, Yara Shahidi, Lena Waithe and Pharrell Williams. Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers For an estimated 3 million American high school seniors, there won’t be a walk across a stage this year. But a televised special across several major networks and backed by LeBron James could help add a sense of community next month in the midst of graduation season.The LeBron James Family Foundation announced a partnership Wednesday with XQ Institute and The Entertainment Industry Foundation to air an hourlong special on May 16 honoring high school graduates who have had to postpone celebrations for the COVID-19 crisis. The celebrity-fueled event will offer commencement speeches and vignettes and feature appearances by James, the Jonas Brothers, U.S. Soccer star Megan Rapinoe and Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai among others, will be broadcast on NBC, CBS, ABC and FOX as well as multimedia platforms Facebook, YouTube, Snapchat and TikTok among others.The commercial-free special, called “Graduate Together,” represents the Lakers star’s latest effort in education, which includes sponsored college tuition to students in his native Akron, Ohio, as well as a public school he opened in 2018. James said in a release that he was moved to create something that he hoped could help commemorate an annual rite of passage for the nation’s high school graduates.“It’s about a shared experience, a journey we’re all on together — students, parents, educators, community members, and everyone around them,” he said. “With that not being possible right now, we’ve been working to find ways to help families get through this really difficult time. These students have worked incredibly hard for this and there’s no way we can let that go unrecognized.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img