This year, the school will start with third and fourth grade classes only, and next year the school will add first and second grade. The NBA icon has highlighted some incredible perks students attending his new I Promise school will receive. It also provides job and family services for the children's parents to help them get GEDs or handle unexpected job loss.
LeBron James finally has broken his silence. Then for it all to come to fruition at this point, I think the timing is everything.
At 9 a.m.in Akron, Ohio, the first kids from the LeBron James Family Foundation took their first steps into the charity's brand new school.
Qualifications for the program are based on socioeconomic and performance factors and students who have completed the program have been promised full tuition to the University of Akron by James upon completion starting in 2021.
Much has been written about James' turbulent childhood in Akron, Ohio.
"We are in a position right now in America more importantly where this whole race thing is taking over". So, I just felt like every day I was just waking up and I had just a bunch of time of nothing. I know everything they dream about.
"Next chapter in my personal life and that's with the Lakers, getting to do what I love to do and that is play the game of basketball". I know the streets that they walk. I went through the same emotions, the good, the bad, The adversity, everything that these kids are going through.
The NBA great admitted to having "jitters" before the opening, an event he said is "going to be one of the greatest moments - if not the greatest - of my life".
When James announced on July 1 that he was leaving the Cavs, Cleveland owner Dan Gilbert, who famously ripped him when he left the first time, said the franchise would retire "the famous #23 Cavs jersey one day down the line".
LeBron recalls in a tweet that, as a kid, he once missed 83 days of school when he was in the fourth grade. As kid, James, who attended Akron Public Schools for eight years, and his mom, Gloria James, had help from the community - people who looked after them and made sure they got what they needed.