When a pro athlete talks about one of the greatest moments of their life, chances are you probably expect it to be something related to the game, like winning a championship or signing on with a hometown team. Even one of the general lines, like getting married or having a child, would make sense. ESPN reports that LeBron James has a new addition to life moments he will always remember, but it’s opening a school in his native Akron, Ohio.
“The jitters before the first day of school are real right now!!! Tomorrow is going to be one of the greatest moments (if not the greatest) of my life when we open the #IPROMISE School. This skinny kid from Akron who missed 83 days of school in the 4th grade had big dreams for the kids in Akron to give them everything they could need to find their passion, give back to our community and change the world!! This school is that. The people are that. Akron is that. @LJFamFoundation we’ve always done it big and it doesn’t get bigger than opening day tomorrow (until the next thing we dream of) I’m so unbelievably proud and excited to see my kids, my home, and the 330 tomorrow. THANK YOU! Let’s get it. Let’s go @IPROMISESchool #WeAreFamily #IPROMISE,” tweeted LeBron on July 29th in anticipation of the school’s first day.
The jitters before the first day of school are real right now!!! Tomorrow is going to be one of the greatest moments (if not the greatest) of my life when we open the #IPROMISE School. This skinny kid from Akron who missed 83 days of school in the 4th grade had big dreams… https://t.co/PwmRaHRfng
— LeBron James (@KingJames) July 29, 2018
Created by a combination of the LeBron James Family Foundation and the Akron (Ohio) Public Schools, the school marks the culmination of nearly a decade of work. ESPN reports that I Promise places a “focus on educating children from challenging situations or backgrounds. The school will begin with two grades, third and fourth, with plans to expand in the coming years.” This school will have a longer school day and longer school year, with 40 members of staff who will be working hard to accelerate the development of children, who qualify based on performance and socio-economic factors.
For those who complete the program, James has arranged for free tuition to the University of Akron starting in 2021.The goal for James and the foundation leaders is to get over 1,200 children through the program and into college by 2029.