The LeBron James Family Foundation is giving a big reward to 11-year-old Mariah Riley for her big success in LeBron’s Wheels for Education program.


The program is dedicated to getting kids committed to graduating as a way to combat the high national dropout rate. Each year, a group of elementary schoolers are chosen to be part of the program where they are given goals, encouragement and incentives to become successful students. In association with HGTV’s Rehab Addict (a show dedicated to restoring historic homes that have fallen on hard times) and other businesses, the NBA star is giving this sixth grader and her family a full throttle home renovation. Best of all, he isn’t afraid to get his hands – or his sons’ – dirty!

The Cleveland Cavalier worked some heavy machinery for the project and had his sons, LeBron Jr. and James, put to work as well. Taking instruction from Rehab Addict star, Nicole Curtis, LeBron was at it for about 15 minutes learning to operate and maneuver. Next up, the boys took turns in the cab of a skid loader, with Bronny even working the controls. The proud father yelled encouragements such as, “You got it!” with two thumbs up. The family personally demolished the front steps, a retaining wall, and porch railing.

Of course, Mariah is very proud of her accomplishments. She exclaimed, “I’m just like, I can’t believe all the hard work did this”. She even got in on the action, tearing down wallpaper. Out with the old and in with the new! Renovations are expected to continue through the week and the episode will air this fall on HGTV.


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