It's a dream he has had for years, and it's finally a reality! NBA superstar LeBron James knows the value of a good education and wanted to use his celebrity to help a worthy cause. Working with Akron Public Schools and the LeBron James Family Foundation, James just opened The I PROMISE School in his hometown.
The jitters before the first day of school are real right now!!! Tomorrow is going to be one of the greatest moments (if not the greatest) of my life when we open the #IPROMISE School. This skinny kid from Akron who missed 83 days of school in the 4th grade had big dreams... https://t.co/PwmRaHRfng— LeBron James (@KingJames) July 29, 2018
big dreams for the kids in Akron to give them everything they could need to find their passion, give back to our community and change the world!! This school is that. The people are that. Akron is that. @LJFamFoundation we've always done it big— LeBron James (@KingJames) July 29, 2018
We’re excited to team up and create this mural for the I Promise School in Akron. The artwork took about 3 weeks and couldn’t be happier how it turned out! The school is amazing and has the potential to radically change education and do great things! pic.twitter.com/kEVVinJVzW— GV Art + Apparel (@GVartwork) July 30, 2018
The school is home to 240 at-risk third and fourth graders for now but will eventually house students from first to eighth grade by 2022. Additionally, those who complete the entire school program will be offered free tuition at the University of Akron. The school's mission is to have students promise to value their education, and IPS is providing them with every resource needed including meals at school, bikes and helmets and more.
We can't wait to see what's in store for IPS students in the future!