LeBron James Family Foundation helps launch a new public school in Akron, Ohio.
LeBron James is a champion on the court. There’s no denying that as he’s won 2 NBA titles with the Miami Heat and 1 with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Off the court, there may not be a more community minded athlete than James. The LeBron James Family Foundation has long been a standard of excellence – he pledged to fund the education for 40 students at the University of Akron and has been a pillar in the community.
Never one to settle, James and his foundation have identified their next major initiative: the I Promise School. James, his foundation, and the Akron Public Schools have created a new public school aimed at educating students who are at-risk in reading and need academic support in the most critical years.
According to USA Today, James said, “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 who 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.”
Initially, the school will house third and fourth grade students; by 2022, the school will be open to students in grades one through eight. James has stepped up to the plate in a major way. He has become a bridge for at-risk children to provide resources for their success. This school will help teach children at a formative age and provide the proper education for future success.
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