LeBron James opened a school for at-risk youth in his hometown of Akron, OH. But it's so much more than a school.
Whether it be chase down blocks, thunderous dunks, or screams of celebration, LeBron is most-known for making noise on the court. This week his impact has come off the court. And in a big way.
The NBA superstar opened the I Promise School on Monday with 240 students in the 3rd and 4th grades. The school differs from traditional ones in a few key ways: it provides longer school days and access to resources year-round.
The curriculum focuses on accelerated learning and STEM-based education.
The school will provide students with free tuition, meals, uniforms, bikes and helmets, and transportation. It also includes a food pantry for families and GED and job placement programs for parents.
In addition, every student who graduates will receive free tuition to the University of Akron.
To say the least, these kids are inspired.
Look at this boy's facial expression as he enters the new public school that LeBron James opened in his hometown of Akron, OH ❤️ pic.twitter.com/5tuGs7aDP3— Melanie (@PoliteMelanie) July 31, 2018
LeBron himself famously grew up on the streets of Akron. As a fourth grader, he was largely homeless and missed 83 days of school.
Now, with an over $40 million gift, he has made a better future possible for so many kids who are growing up similarly to how he did.
ESPN's Jemele Hill perhaps said it best: "The fact that (LeBron) somehow managed to be a better person than a basketball player is nothing short of amazing."