Yesterday, The Academy at Shawnee middle school in Louisville celebrated the opening of its new library with an assist from an NBA All-Star. Louisville native and Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo donated books and $20,000 through his foundation to help redesign the newly named Book Bungalow at Shawnee in hopes of creating a safe place for students to relax and be inspired.
“I’m a big believer in giving back to the community, especially being a Louisville native. I wouldn’t be where I am today if I didn’t have people to give back,” Rondo said at the ribbon cutting ceremony. “I think God put me here to be in a position to give back. Certain people make it for certain reasons, but I think my calling is to be able to touch as many kids as possible, starting right here in Louisville, in my hometown.”
"I'm a big believer in giving back to the Louisville community." @NBA star @RajonRondo helped ?? the ribbon on the "Book Bungalow" at @ShawneeMS1 Tuesday! Rondo and his foundation are helping support this new library space where students can read. #WeAreJCPS ? pic.twitter.com/yjDKzZt7q5
— JCPS (@JCPSKY) May 28, 2019
This is far from Rondo’s first charitable act in his hometown; last fall, he also paid for blazers and ties for all 157 students in the inaugural class at DuBois Academy and gave shoes to students with high achievements in the first semester.
Good on ya, Rondo. Hopefully there are some Connect Four boards should you ever come back to visit.