News: Jay-Z Laces Up W/ LeBron James To Help Arizona School

Wednesday, Feb 11, 2009 10:30AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Hip-Hop mogul Jay-Z and NBA star LeBron James have joined forces to help donate nearly 200 musical instruments to Arizona's Mesa Arts Academy.

The duo will make an appearance at the charter school where students will meet both entertainers.

Jay-Z and James will be at the Mesa Arts Academy in Mesa, where more than 200 students are expected to meet, interact with and even perform for the celebrity duo, who are working in partnership with Sprite Green, the sponsor of the event. The pair will also sign a donated piano, which will permanently stay in the school's auditorium. (AZ Central)

Representatives from the school have expressed their gratitude over the donation.

"Our kids love to perform and we know the instruments and musical equipment donated by Sprite Green will be a great way to motivate the kids to go to class and come to the club after school," Ramon Elias, president/CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley, said in a news release. Santiago Blanco, vice president of Sprite & Flavors for Coca-Cola North America, said he hopes the experience will provide a lasting memory and inspiration for the students. (ABC 15 News)

The school is geared towards children up through middle school.

Mesa Arts Academy is operated by the East Valley Boys and Girls Club and is located on that organization's Grant Woods Branch campus. The school has 200-plus children taking classes from kindergarten through eighth grade. (East Valley Tribune)

Both Jay and James are known for working together on various non-profit projects.

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama will get a superstar boost tonight (October 23) when recording artist Jay-Z and NBA great LeBron James lead a free rally and concert in Cleveland to encourage early voting. (The Plain Dealer)

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