Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James is partnering with Akron Public Schools to open a new public school called “I Promise” for at-risk children. The project is the latest of several big projects for the LeBron James Foundation.
On Tuesday, the Associated Press reported the school will open in 2018 for third and fourth graders and will expand to first through eighth grade by 2022.
“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.”
Cleveland.com shared James making the announcement:
Akron leaders, educators, parents, and experts will determine several logistics of the new school, and I Promise students will be chosen by a random lottery system.
“We are excited about the potential of the I Promise School to provide specialized programming and invaluable resources for our students,” Akron Public Schools superintendent David James said in the news release. “We’ve seen the positive influence of the LeBron James Family Foundation on our students and we look forward to continuing to do everything we can to put our students in a position to be successful.”
The AP noted James has helped 1,100 kids in his hometown of Akron with a variety of initiatives throughout the last six years.