The LeBron James Foundation
Gold Medal. Check. World Champion. Check. Most Valuable Player award. Check. Countless endorsement deals. Check. Of those mentioned, which one is most important to LeBron James, superstar of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Akron, Ohio’s hometown Hero? The answer to that question is none of the above. In the words of LeBron James, his most notable achievement to date came on Monday, November 27th when the Akron Board of Education voted to approve the LeBron James Family Foundation’s proposal for a public school geared towards students at risk of falling behind. Upon its opening, the school, which will be known as “I Promise,” will house third and fourth grade students. The school will feature longer school days and classes that begin in the summer. Grades 1 through 8 are expected to be added to the school by year 2022.
What makes this significant? LeBron James is a product of the city to the very same kids he is looking to empower. James grew up in a single parent household, where everything James received was earned. He looks to instill that same principle into the third and fourth graders of his hometown. James’ logic, “If we get to them early enough, we can hopefully keep them on the right track to a bigger and brighter future for themselves and their families.”
The school comes as an addition to a an existing $41 Million pledge by LeBron to provide scholarships to students of his foundations’ I Promise program that will cover the cost of four years of a qualifying students education at The University of Akron, if they keep a Grade Point Average of 3.0 or higher during their high school education. I Promise, for grades 3 & 4, plans to open its doors in the fall of 2018.
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