Yesterday in Akron, Ohio Lebron James opened the I-Promise school for underprivileged youths in his hometown.
The school will be open to 240 third and fourth grade students and is expected to expand each year with second and fifth graders coming next year. By 2022, the school is expected to have students in first to eighth grade.
Students attending the school will receive:
- Free tuition
- Free Uniforms
- Free transportation within 2 miles
- Free breakfast, lunch and snacks
- Food pantry for families
- GEDs and job placement services for parents
- Guaranteed tuition to the University of Akron for every student who graduates
James has always had a passion for philanthropy consistently giving back to those in need. In 2003 right before the Cleveland Cavaliers drafted him he started The Lebron James Family Foundation dedicated to supporting his local community.
Like James the basketball player, the foundation has continued to grow and evolve into something extraordinary. In fact many educators are calling the I Promise School a “game changer” challenging the standard public school model.
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James is also receiving praise from his peers on the court from the likes of Steph Curry, Dwayne Wade and many others.
— DWade (@DwyaneWade) July 30, 2018
Freaking amazing! https://t.co/s82hufUHZA
— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) July 30, 2018
James is now exceeding expectations as a role model off the court making him the gold standard of athletes today.