LeBron James and his foundation was planning to open up the I Promise school this summer and recently earned approval by the Ohio Department of Education.
Families of 120 second-graders gathered for an orientation on Tuesday at the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn, the group chosen through a lottery system. James has been working in the community to help students and families with marginal opportunity earn education.
The school will be temporarily held at 400 W. Market St. Come July 30, 240 third- and fourth-grade students will pour in for their first day.
James’ illustrious career on the court will go down in NBA; but ask the Cleveland Cavaliers star where starting a school ranks in his all-time accomplishments, and it’s right at the top.
“Besides having three kids and marrying my wife, putting my mom in a position where she never has to worry about anything ever again for the rest of her life, this is right up there,” James told Dave McMenamin of ESPN. “Championships, MVPs, I mean, points, rebounds and assists, that stuff is, whatever. But, for me to be able to open up a school and give back to my inner city, so many kids that I know because I was those kids. I walked those streets and it was just like there’s no way I’m going to be able to get out of this situation. I just thought about that every day. I had dreams and I had mentors and they allowed my dreams to become who I am today. People can talk about everything else besides that, but they can never take away what I’m able to do for my hometown and people all around the world. That’s what means to me more than anything. The basketball thing, I love it and I enjoy it, but to give back and be able to open up a school, that’s something that will last way beyond my years.”
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