Lebron James has just revealed his plans to open a school in his hometown of Akron, Ohio in Fall 2018.
James recently sat down with NBC’s Pro Basketball Talk to speak on the opening of I Promise School:
“This school is so important to me because our vision is to create a place for the kids in Akron who need it most – those that could fall through the cracks if we don’t do something. We’ve learned over the years what works and what motivates them, and now we can bring all of that together in one place along with the right resources and experts. 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 will start off with only third and fourth grade, but James hopes that by 2022 the Promise School will include all grades up to 8th. Lebron knows first hand about broken homes and how it influences schoolwork since he himself missed 82 days of school in fourth grade because of family problems.
James is very excited to open the school since his I Promise Program has already helped out more than 1,100 kids in the past 6 years alone. His efforts expand even further to the University of Akron where he provides four-year scholarships to students who qualify.