LeBron James builds dream school for at-risk children

by Steven Clarke July 31, 2018, 2:35
LeBron James builds dream school for at-risk children

In a video that posted over the weekend, James talked at length about what motivated him to join the Los Angeles Lakers in what could be the final stop of his historic National Basketball Association career.

"You look at the Lakers".

His LeBron James Family Foundation partnered with Akron Public Schools to design the school for public school students in the area who come from hard circumstances.

Every student will get a bicycle because bicycles helped James get away from the more unsafe parts of his community while growing up.

The I Promise School opened in Akron on Monday, with the first students walking through the doors for the start of the public elementary school's inaugural school year. In addition to the normal curriculum, I Promise will provide resources to students' families and include an on-site food bank. The I Promise School has a longer school day and longer school year. It will serve some of the lowest-performing students in an effort to improve their performance and education. James, who had yet to publicly discuss his July 1 choice to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers, wishes he could see the daily growth of the children he's trying to help in his hometown.

A unique statue has been installed outside of the I Promise School.

James joined the Lakers with a four-year contract worth US$153.3 million (NZ$225m) this month, after the worst five-year period in the franchise's history.

And ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski says Anthony will now head to Houston to link up with James Harden and Chris Paul. The organisation has won 16 championships, the last in 2010, but has missed the playoffs in each of the last five seasons. Being able to play for a historic franchise with so much history.

"This is where it is today".

James was also drawn to Los Angeles by the appeal of playing for one of the league's most storied programs and the chance to work with Hall of Famer Magic Johnson, the Lakers' president and a player James idolized since he was a kid. "And then on the other hand, I'm moving".

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