LeBron Seeks to Influence Education With ‘I Promise’ School

NBA superstar and social activist LeBron James is adding another highlight to his Hall of Fame career.

But this time, it’s off the court.

Earlier this week, the LeBron James Family Foundation, in partnership with the Akron Public Schools, opened its inaugural I Promise School in James’ hometown of Akron, Ohio.

The school’s first class will consist of 240 third and fourth graders, and students will be treated to several much-needed amenities, such as:

  • Free uniforms
  • Free bicycles and helmets
  • Free local transportation
  • Free meals, including breakfast, lunch and snacks
  • Guaranteed tuition to the University of Akron for every student who graduates

In addition, a food pantry will be available for families, and GEDs and job placement services will be available for parents.

Similar to other low-income families, James and his mother, Gloria, struggled to make ends meet during James’ childhood upbringing in Akron. He was often forced to miss school as a child while the two figured out their next housing situation.

James did not begin playing organized basketball until the fifth grade, with the help of local coaches that invested in James and his mother.

He is now regarded as one of the best athletes to ever live and taking it upon himself to provide opportunity for children and families that are facing the same struggles that he faced growing up.

The school cost just north of $8 million, and James called its opening ‘one of the greatest moments’ of his life.

Watch James’ speech at the opening of the I Promise School below:

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