LeBron James Fulfills Promise: Launches School for Underprivileged Youth as a Tribute to His Roots

imageLeBron’s Dedication to His Roots: Opening a School for Underprivileged Children

LeBron James, one of the biggest stars in the NBA right now, is well recognized for having consistently supported educational programs both nationally and in his birthplace of Akron, Ohio.

His recent establishment of a public primary school—which is not your typical school—is a significant step in this regard. Its primary goal is to give kids a loving, safe environment so they won’t have to go home and may think of school as a second home.

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Promise School is a collaborative effort between the Ohio public school system and the LeBron James Family Foundation. 240 third- and fourth-graders make up the first class; they were chosen based on their academic standing and socioeconomic situation. Students who attend this public school are eligible for a 100% scholarship, which covers the cost of lunch, transportation, uniforms, and school supplies.

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By 2022, the school hopes to grow from first to eighth grade. It employs around 40 people, including teachers and trained staff, to give pupils more school days and a longer academic year. Additionally, it was said that upon program completion, University of Akron tuition would be waived for students beginning in 2021.

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But if this whole free college thing isn’t impressive enough, the school is also decked out like a basketball fanatic’s dream: with 114 pairs of James sneakers lining the entrance of the building.

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James’s own early experiences are the source of his commitment for assisting difficult kids both inside and outside of the classroom. In an interview with USA Today, Michele Campbell, the executive director of the James Foundation, revealed that LeBron missed a substantial amount of classes during his fourth grade years. He recalls this as a turning point in his education and feels that getting the support he needed at that time helped shape his current life. We are all aware of the final course he took. He chose the correct route and was surrounded by encouraging people, and as a result, we today regard him as the best basketball player in history. We might not have known LeBron James if he had chosen a different course. He might have easily been another one of the innumerable school dropout statistics.

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"I Was One of Those Kids": LeBron James Talks About His 'I Promise School' for At-Risk Children - EssentiallySports

Though it’s possible that not every one of these kids will develop into the next LeBron James of basketball, they might nonetheless grow up to be driven and aspirational people in LeBron’s footsteps. The basketball star responded by expressing how much he understood these kids because he had gone through similar things. He is thrilled to be able to provide them the same opportunity to develop and flourish that he experienced in his own life.

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