LeBron James may be four-time MVP and a three-time NBA Champion, but his greatest accomplishment is one that involves helping inner-city kids in his hometown of Akron, Ohio.
While speaking with reporters on Thursday (Nov. 30), James said the greatest accomplishment of his professional career was opening his “I Promise” grade school.
“Besides having three kids and marrying my wife, putting my mom in a position where she never has to worry about anything ever again for the rest of her life, this is right up there,” James said. “Championships, MVPs, I mean points, rebounds, and assists, that stuff if whatever. But for me to be able to open up a school and give back to my inner city, so many kids that I know because I was those kids.”
On Monday (Nov. 27), the Akron School Board approved a plan for a public school in partnership with the LeBron James Family Foundation. The school, which is scheduled to open next fall for third and fourth graders, will target kids at risk of falling behind.
“I walked those streets, and it was just like there’s no way I’m going to be able to get out of this situation,” James continued. “I just thought about that every day. I had dreams and I had mentors, and they allowed my dreams to become who I am today. People can talk about everything else besides that, but they can never take away what I’m able to do for my hometown and people all around the world. That’s what means to me more than anything. The basketball thing, I love it and I enjoy it, but to give back and open up a school, that’s something that will last way beyond my years.”