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LeBron James Opens New Public School in Hometown

LeBron James is one day (July 30th) away from opening a school in his hometown of Akron, OH.

The Akron native admitted on Twitter to having jitters about the opening but said in an interview that it was one of the proudest moments of his life. The school is called ‘I Promise’ and will reportedly start with second, third, and fourth grades with plans to expand.

‘I Promise’ will receive support from the state and local governments and according to Akron Beacon Journal will be part of the Akron public school system. The school will also receive funding from foundation partners like the Peg Foundation and the LeBron James Family Foundation. Private companies like JP Morgan Chase, LeafFilter, and Kaulig Companies have also pledged to help the school. The former Cleveland Cavalier now Los Angeles Laker has also pledged to the students who graduate will have free tuition to the University of Akron starting in 2021.

According to an ESPN story about the school, James’ life was turned around between fourth and fifth grade due to a family taking an interest in his education and attendance. The school will have a longer school day and a longer school year. The parents of the youth attending the school will also be able to get help. They will be able to complete their high school education through a new program. James has also created another program where high school aged students can get prepared for college. Students will also have access to a media lab that will provide hands-on technology and production experience.

See LeBron James’ Tweets about ‘I Promise’ School:

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