LeBron James' foundation opens up 'I Promise School' in Akron, Ohio

LeBron James' foundation opens up 'I Promise School' in Akron, Ohio

A school financed, in part, by LeBron James opened on Monday and will grant each student the incredible gift of a lifetime of education.

"But any time that I would show up to school, it's weird, the teachers would always tell my mom that when he shows up, he's one of the best students that we have". Students will be stocked with school supplies, and teachers will have the tools they need, including a faculty lounge stocked with snacks and beverages and access to workout trainers. The school will also provide services to families, like job placement help and an on-site food bank, according toSBNation.

"It's not really a normal day with LeBron James in your first day of school, but it will be pretty exciting today".

"By me being able to put something like this together, I want people to know that these kids should have the same opportunity as everyone else. I think there's going to be months where we're really good, there's going to be months where we're not so good and that's just going to come from familiarity".

"It's kind of a bittersweet moment right now, sitting here in my school that I'm opening around these kids, around this community and then at the same time, making a switch to the other coast, being a part of the Lakers now", James said.

On Sunday, James tweeted that he was a bundle of nerves waiting for that first school bell.

James has played in 1,143 career regular season games for the Cavaliers and Heat, averaging 27.2 points, 7.4 rebounds, 7.2 assists. The basketball superstar, in conjunction with the Akron school board, launched the I Promise School this week, a school designed for at-risk kids who are struggling at school and at home. Because I know exactly what these 240 kids are going through. "So after talking to my family more than anybody, I felt like this was the next step in my journey". And he has far more than just basketball on his mind. I know the streets that they walk. "But hopefully I can sit there one day and watch my jersey go up into the rafters, that's for sure". Next year, second and fifth graders will be added, and in 2022, the I Promise School will function as both an elementary and middle school, serving first through eighth graders.

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