LeBron James opens school in Akron, Ohio, for at-risk students

Arnold Nichols
August 4, 2018

For James, who recalled missing 82 days of school as a fourth grader while he and his mom "looked for stability", the opening culminated years of planning by his family foundation.

The LeBron James Family Foundation now serves more than 1,300 students with various programs, support, and mentors throughout the Akron area.

James went on to talk a bit about the school's mission, and he praised Akron in doing so.

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"Tomorrow is going to be one of the greatest moments (if not the greatest) of my life when we open the #IPROMISE School", James said on Twitter. And then, for it to all come to fruition at this point, I think timing is everything.

Earlier this week, James, who recently left the Cleveland Cavaliers and signed with the Los Angeles Lakers, opened the I Promise School, a year-round facility designed for at-risk kids and their families, in his hometown.

"As a kid from Akron, Ohio myself I remember walking these same streets ..." "People always ask me, why a school?" Because I know exactly what these 240 kids are going through.

Even if the Lakers' location gave them a sizable advantage over other franchises, it's unlikely they're too fussed with the reasons for James' arrival. I know the ups, the downs, everything that they dream about. On Sunday night, James was understandably nervous about what he called his "first day of school". Along with an opportunity at a proper education, students will also be treated to a special display when they first walk in that honors the school's founder in a very fitting way. And I think that's what everybody should do as players, they should do what's best for them and their family. "And that's what's most important", James continued.

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