See LeBron and Savannah James Boo'd Up in Vogue Magazine

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 12:  Savannah Brinson and Basketball Player Lebron James attend the Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year Ceremony 2016 at Barclays Center of Brooklyn on December 12, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for Sports Illustrated)

See LeBron and Savannah James Boo'd Up in Vogue Magazine

Black love at its finest.

Published August 16, 2017

One of our favorite baller couples got the Vogue treatment, and it's warming our hearts on this otherwise bleak day. LeBron and Savannah James were profiled for the publication's September issue, in which they discuss their efforts to improve their hometown of Akron, Ohio.

The gorgeous portrait of the couple was snapped by photographer Norman Jean Roy in the James' backyard. Talk about couple goals exemplified! LeBron wears a shirt by Tom Ford in the photo, and Savannah a dress by Jason Wu (one of Michelle Obama's favorite designers).

The primary focus of the article is detailing the ways in which the Jameses are bettering their community, a community that raised them. And to say that they're engaged with their hometown would be an understatement. The James' philanthropic efforts center around education, specifically combatting Akron's 24 percent high school dropout rate. The following are specific actions the Jameses have taken to better their community:

  • Renovated St. Vincent–St. Mary High School's gym, Lebron's alma matter, with funds from LeBron James Family Foundation   
  • Savannah founded Akron: Women of Our Future. With a team of certified mentors and counselors, she will begin working with sixteen high school girls at Buchtel, her alma mater, offering one-on-one support. 
  • Started LeBron James Family Foundation back-to-school orientation for at-risk students to build support for the upcoming year. 
  • Founded the Hard Work Club, which covers the cost of teachers for after-school time and additional books
  • Starting in 2015, Jameses offer free tuition to the University of Akron for anyone who stays in the James family’s program through high school 
  • They recently announced they would establish an entire new public elementary school for students identified as at-risk.
  • Savannah started I PROMise in 2012, providing prom dresses for high school girls who couldn’t afford them. 

If Bronbron and Savannah seem like the perfect couple, it's because they are, as confirmed by Gabrielle Union-Wade. "Me and Dwyane, our biggest takeaway about Savannah and LeBron is that they’re real. What you see is exactly what you get. You think, Oh, my God, LeBron is silly and jumps around, and you know? That’s who he is. [Savannah is] a woman who really has that midwestern ethic. And I’m from the Midwest, so I know this. It’s that you say what you do and you do what you say,” Union-Wade told Vogue.

Savannah's devotion to community philanthropy was inspired by watching her mother's commitment to Akron. “When I was growing up, my mom took in three or four kids just because they needed a place to go and be safe, to eat. These are my friends; these are my cousins. These are people who I was extremely close to and still am now; these are the kids of neighborhood kids who we saw every day at school. And if they just have the right push. . . .”

Though the overall objective may be to increase graduation rates, the most critical aspect of the Jameses efforts is the support they offer.

“If there’s nothing more you can do for a child, just constantly encourage them and set them on the right path when it comes to sports or their schoolwork or nurturing a hobby—with whatever it is," Savannah said. "Just be a constant source of encouragement. That’s what LeBron talks about—never give up.”

Read the profile in its entirety here.

Written by Lainey Sidell

(Photo: Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for Sports Illustrated)


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