LeBron James Opens New School in Akron, Ohio

LeBron James opened new innovative school in his hometown Akron, Ohio.

LeBron James opened new innovative school in his hometown Akron, Ohio.

By MCNS Staff

NBA superstar LeBron James just opened a public school to address educational disparities for challenged children in Akron, Ohio.

The “I Promise School” initially will house 240 third- and fourth-graders. However, the school will expand each year, adding second and fifth grades next year and will have students from grades 1st through 8th by 2022.

I Promise opened on Monday and James was in attendance to welcome students. At the opening James recalled that, as a child, he used his bicycle to explore different neighborhoods of Akron. In reflection of that memory, he gave one bike to every incoming student.

Students who graduate from the program will earn free tuition at the University of Akron, according to ESPN. Additionally, I Promise will offer GED classes and job placement assistance for parents and guardians. Students will receive free breakfast, lunch, snacks as well as drinks every day and they will have access to a fitness trainer.

James previously paid for 1,000 youth to attend college and started “Wheels for Education,” a program that provides school supplies, access to computers and even bicycles to low-income kids.

He became a free agent after this past NBA season and opted to join the Los Angeles Lakers. However, by opening a school, he has taken another significant step to cement his legacy.

“It’s kind of bittersweet timing because on this hand I have a brand new school that’s opening and I want to be there on a day-to-day basis, 10 toes down for these kids,” explained James. “And then on the other hand, I’m moving. I’m moving to Los Angeles. This is kind of like a dream come true for me.”

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