LeBron James may be having the time of his life in Los Angeles, but he will sure head to northeast Ohio at the end of July. King James will always have Akron in his heart. It’s where it all started. His first playing days and the discovery of his awesome talent. LeBron’s hometown holds a gigantic poster of him carrying the Larry O’Brien Trophy in 2016.
The poster is plastered to the side of the public school James will be opening on July 30. People in Akron are happy for this, and can’t wait for the grand opening. LeBron is the largest individual donor of the school in his hometown.
The awful postseason defeat in 2011 had a huge impact on LeBron’s life. He changed pretty much everything in his life, including the game, training, nutrition and charity. He was ready to make a big change in his hometown, and joined the efforts with the staff from the LeBron James Family Foundation. The efforts ended up into a partnership with the Akron Public Schools.
The “I Promise School” program is designed to provide education for third- and fourth-graders. The project targets kids like himself.
Michelle Campbell, executive director of the foundation, shared the story of one of the ultimate basketball stars.
“LeBron had a gosh-darn hard life growing up and has mobilized a group of people that give to help others. I can’t wait until people really talk about how he changed a community and he helped create a model that has saved so many kids and families,” she said.
This is not the first time a NBA player opens a public school. David Robinson opened the Carver Academy in Texas in 2011. Jalen rose founded the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy in Detroit.
May this be an example for other athletes. These kids need all the help they can get.