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Kyrie Irving Is Paying The Tuition Of A Sick 12-Year-Old At His Alma Mater

NBA star Kyrie Irving hasn’t forgotten where he’s come from.

The Cleveland Cavaliers guard graduated from St. Patrick High School in Elizabeth, NJ in 2010, but he’s still giving back to the school (which is now the nondenominational Patrick School) in big ways.

According to Adam Zagotia at ZagsBlog, Irving is covering the cost of 12-year-old Spencer Joyner’s tuition, which is $11,000 a year.

“It made me feel really good and lucky to have one of my favorite players do that,” Spencer told ZagsBlog.

Joyner was diagnosed with pseudotumor cerebri, a condition whose symptoms mimic those of a brain tumor. Joyner suffers from severe migraines and a swelling of the optic nerve, which eventually results in vision loss. The pain is so bad that Joyner was hospitalized for a week late last year.

Joyner has never met Irving, but his presence is certainly felt.

During Spencer’s time in the hospital, Mel said one of the family’s medical bills for $1,200 “disappeared somehow,” and he suspects Irving may have paid for that, too. “That mysteriously disappeared,” Mel said. “We were putting two and two together and said, ‘Maybe it’s [Irving].” (ZagsBlog)

Irving has been giving back to his alma mater in more ways than one, too. He paid for the funeral of a 14-year-old who collapsed and died last year after playing basketball. He also donates athletic apparel and equipment to the basketball team.

“I am very proud of the rapid success Kyrie has achieved on the court, but I am even more proud of and very grateful for how committed and loyal to The Patrick School community he has remained,” school principal Chris Chavannes said. He has taken his great accomplishments and the rewards that come from them and shared them with those in need.”

Irving is an all-star in more ways than one.

Kim Constantinesco

Kim Constantinesco

As the founder and editor-in-chief of Purpose2Play.com, Kim Constantinesco dives under the surface hype to illuminate heroes in the sports world. Whether talking with the first man with cerebral palsy to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro, or the first woman to mountain bike across Afghanistan, Kim has a keen interest in shining the spotlight on ordinary people doing extraordinary things. She believes it's time media starts placing a higher value on the people and communities who are actively doing something to make the world a little better. Previously, she covered the Denver Broncos and the NFL for seven seasons. Her work has been featured on NFL.com, CBS Sports, Fox Sports, The New York Times, and USA Today. She resides in Denver, CO. When not working, she can be found deep in the Rocky Mountains throwing backflips on her snowboard. Follow Kim on Twitter: @KimCon14
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