Published: Sat, August 04, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

LeBron James opens I Promise School in OH for underprivileged kids

LeBron James opens I Promise School in OH for underprivileged kids

According to the Los Angeles Times, James' foundation was the top donor towards the construction of the school and worked with Akron Public Schools to meet all standards and regulations. "And for it all to come to fruition at this point, I think timing is everything". Lastly, there's also a separate institute to help prepare high-school-age students for college.

"I know these kids more than they know themselves", James said in a video introducing the program.

LeBron James officially opened his I Promise School on Monday for 240 third and fourth graders. He started off with a moving speech about how connected he feels to Akron, and why he made a decision to focus on opening a school to begin with. Every student has a bicycle available for them to ride, because James found freedom riding his bike while growing up in Akron. "And for me to be in a position where I have the resources, I have the finance, I have the people, I have the structure, and I have the city around me; why not?"

LeBron James stood on a stage near one of the streets he walked as a troubled kid and looked out at thousands of faces. I know everything they dream about.

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The school is opening on Monday to provide a school for at-risk youths to catch up in their studies and provide a safe place for the students to grow. The I Promise School has a longer school day and longer school year.

James tweeted his excitement on Sunday before the school opened its doors, calling it "one of the greatest moments" of his life. "It sets precedents for what we should do as athletes on how we are a role model to a lot of kids that we may not know, that we may not see but that know us".

"We are going to be that groundbreaking school that will be a nationally recognized model for urban and public school excellence", I Promise principal and Akron native Brandi Davis told USA Today. "Are we doing enough?" They want to enjoy LeBron on the - and it doesn't mean he doesn't do great things.

James' comments were an apparent reference to Trump's continued crusade against NFL players who protest during the national anthem. By 2022, the school will be complete with first through eighth grades.

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