I didn’t like LeBron James when he came into the league. I was, admittedly, a huge hater. (Team Tim Duncan forever.) I grew to the stage where I was able to admit his undeniable and unmatched talent, but still, chose not to entrain BronBron fandom. I’ve overcome that. LeBron James is not only one of the greatest athletes to ever live, he is also one of the greatest humans. Off the court, LeBron has always erred on the side of selflessness and empowerment.
Through the LeBron James Family Foundation, James has used his fortune to start the After-School All-Stars program for Akron youth, donate to the Muhammad Ali exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, and to The Children’s Defense Fund as well as other charitable organizations.
And this past week his off the court legacy continued as he opened the I Promise Public School in Akron, Ohio. The I Promise school is a public school, not charter, and will host 240 at-risk third- and fourth-graders, with plans to grow into a 1-8 grade school. Each student gets a Chromebook to help with homework.
There’s additional programming provided by the I Promise School for the whole family like a GED program, a food pantry and services to assist with housing and jobs. Each student will also get a bike and be able to attend a summer school program to keep them out of trouble.
But, you guys, it gets even better: for all students who graduate from the I Promise school, James has promised to cover tuition at the University of Akron.
Check out LeBron’s press conference at the opening of the school to learn more. And a reminder that the Lakers are gonna be hella goofy this season.