LeBron James Marks the Inauguration of I Promise School in Akron, Ohio with a Grand Celebration


On Monday, LeBron James made his first public appearance since joining the Los Angeles Lakers, as he celebrated the launch of the I Promise School in his hometown of Akron, Ohio. The school was designed by the LeBron James Family Foundation in partnership with Akron Public Schools and is intended to provide support for students from challenging backgrounds. Initially catering to third- and fourth-grade students, the school plans to add first- and second-grade classes next year, with a view to offering classes from first to eighth-grade by 2022.

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According to James, he decided to establish a school, which is located near his high school, because he understands the struggles of young students. He has walked on the same streets as them and experienced the challenges and difficulties they face. He knows their hopes, dreams, and fears because he has gone through similar situations. The motivation behind creating this school is to help these students. James believes that providing structure is crucial for them and showing that someone cares is vital. Young students have aspirations and goals, and they need to know that someone is paying attention and willing to help.

LeBron James, I Promise School

On Monday, LeBron James spoke to the crowd in Akron about a school that admits students based on their academic performance. According to Keith Liechty from Akron Public Schools, administrators looked through reading data to find students who were behind by one or two years in their reading skills. They ultimately selected over 120 students, but had to put a limit on the number to fit everyone under one roof. The school then randomly chose students who met the criteria and made phone calls to their parents to offer them a spot.

LeBron James Opens I Promise School in Akron, Ohio Before Lakers Move

The school year in this particular school will be longer as compared to other schools. It is set to start on July 30 and end on May 17, 2019. Additionally, the classes will start at 9 a.m. and end at 5 p.m., which is later than the usual class hours. During Monday’s ceremony, James expressed gratitude towards Michele Campbell, his foundation’s director, for making the school opening possible. He also showed appreciation towards the city’s school system and the sponsors who made the opening of the new school successful. James also mentioned that Akron will always remain his home, whether he plays in Los Angeles or not. Campbell also mentioned in an interview with USA Today that while the children may not become basketball players like LeBron James, they can still pursue their passions and dreams and become “the LeBron James” of their chosen field.

I Promise School Grand Opening Celebration With LeBron James

At the entrance of the I Promise School on Monday, a stunning assortment of LeBron James sneakers were on display.

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