Lebron James (pictured) has done so much for his native state of Ohio. Now James is about to do something great for the state’s fifth largest city, which is his hometown of Akron.
According to Time Magazine, the 32-year-old Cleveland Cavaliers forward will be launching a public school for at-risk children in Akron’s unified school district. James will be working with the school district through his non-profit family foundation to help the school function.
James’ school will be called the “I Promise School.” Beginning in fall of 2018, the school will be available to third and fourth graders. By the fall of 2022, school founders plan to have grades one through eight attending classes. James knows all too well about the problems facing Akron’s most vulnerable youths.
“This school is so important to me because our vision is to create a place for the kids in Akron who need it most — those that could fall through the cracks if we don’t do something,” James said in a statement.
“We’ve learned over the years what works and what motivates them, and now we can bring all of that together in one place along with the right resources and experts. If we get to them early enough, we can hopefully keep them on the right track to a bigger and brighter future for themselves and their families,” James continued.
Jalen Rose, a former NBA star and current ESPN sports commentator also started a school in his hometown of Detroit, Michigan. The Jalen Rose Leadership Academy was founded in 2011. Since then, the school has produced two graduating classes.
Each and every member of both of those graduating classes has either gone on to college, a trade school, or enlisted in the U.S. Armed Forces. It’s a great thing when professional athletes who come from undeserved environments are able to use the resources they were fortunate enough to earn for the purpose of uplifting the environments where they were raised.