NBA star LeBron James is to open a school helping at-risk children in his Akron, Ohio, hometown.
The Cleveland Cavaliers player has helped with a variety of educational programs over the years, but is now to team up with Akron public schools to open the I Promise School.
The I Promise School is dedicated to aiding at-risk children who might otherwise be left behind in the educational system.
“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,” the 32-year-old said. “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.”
The school, which will be backed by the athlete’s family foundation, will open in the fall of 2018 and focus on children in third and fourth grades. By 2022, the school will expand to accommodate students in grades one through eight.
Details are still being finalised on the new school by committees comprised of area leaders, educators, parents and other experts.
He has previously partnered with the University of Akron to provide a guaranteed four-year scholarship to the school for students in his program who qualify.