A school financed, in part, by LeBron James opened on Monday and will grant each student the incredible gift of a lifetime of education.
On Sunday, James tweeted about his excitement for the school’s opening. The opening of the “I Promise School” in Akron, Ohio, is “one of the greatest moments (if not the greatest) of my life,” the legendary player and four-time NBA Most Valuable Player wrote.
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
The school will be open to 240 of Akron’s underperforming students, chosen at lottery, between the third- and fourth-grades. By 2022, the school will expand to first- through eighth-grades.
The STEM-based (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) curriculum will offer a hands-on approach to learning, allowing students to acquire firsthand the skills that will help them in the future.
There are additional benefits to attending the school, including receiving meals, such as breakfast, lunch, and a snack, for free. Parents and guardians of students will also benefit from their child attending, receiving access to GED programs and a food pantry.
Best of all, each student who graduates from the I Promise School will be given a scholarship to the University of Akron.
This is an amazing opportunity made possible through the generous work of James and others who had a vision for this type of school.
James has proven himself to be an amazing player on the court, but through his foundation and now his school, he’s also proven himself to be a phenomenal human being when it comes to giving back to others in need.