LeBron James is looking to play in every regular season game (and hopefully during the postseason) for the first time in his career, but the Cleveland Cavaliers star has been every bit as active off the court as he has been on it.
Planning to open the “I Promise” school in Akron next year, James learned Wednesday that the school was approved by the Ohio Department of Education.
This has been a priority for James, who expressed how fulfilling it would be to get done.
“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.”
James continues to breathe life into the youth in Akron, and this one should hit home for the Cavs forward.
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