Close Ad

LeBron James Opens Innovative New Public School in his Hometown, Says It’s One of the Most Important Accomplishments of his Life
LeBron James I Promise School opening

LeBron James Opens Innovative New Public School in his Hometown, Says It’s One of the Most Important Accomplishments of his Life

LeBron James has always been notorious for giving back to his community in any way he can.

The basketball thing: it’s fun, I love it. I enjoy it. But to give back, being able to open up a school; that’s something that’ll last for way beyond my years

– LeBron James

Motivated by his formative years, the NBA superstar was been driven to open an innovative public school to serve low-income and at-risk students in his hometown of Akron, Ohio.

According to, James said, “Besides having three kids, marrying my wife, putting my mom in a position where she’ll never have to worry about anything again for the rest of her life. This is right up there [in the most important things in my life]. Championships, MVPs, however many points, rebounds and assists, that stuff is whatever.

But me being able to open up a school and give back to my inner city for so many kids that I know because I was those kids and I walked those streets, and it was like ‘there’s no way I’m gonna be able to get out of this situation.’ I just thought about that every day. But I had dreams and I had mentors that allowed my dreams to become who I am today.”

The I Promise difference

The I Promise school will focus on accelerated learning, guarantees free college tuition to the University of Akron and will also help provide job placement assistance for parents; an unusual concept for most public schools in the US.

And that’s what will set I Promise apart from other low-income public schools: ensuring these low-income students -- that’s 240 third- and fourth-graders -- and their families get the support they need, otherwise known as the “We Are Family” philosophy. According to I Promise principal, Brandi Davis, “it is about true wrap-around support, true family integration and true compassion.”

Hot Stories

Valedictorian giving graduation speech and graduate hugging another person.

Valedictorian Buries His Dad and Delivers Powerful Speech

When high school valedictorian Alem Hadzic, 18, walked across the stage in his cap and gown and a pair of muddy shoes, he was ready to bid farewell to his fellow graduates.

No one knew that just forty-five minutes earlier, he had said the most heartbreaking goodbye of his life.

Keep ReadingShow less
Uplifting News
Man with a beard talking into a microphone and an elderly judge looking at him.

Judge Frank Caprio Helps Man Who Recently Lost a Child

We’re getting better as a society about talking about trauma and grief and the pain that comes with certain experiences. Doing so can put us on a path toward healing.

But so can kindness, which one judge exemplified when a grieving motorist came into his courtroom one day.

Keep ReadingShow less