- American basketball star Lebron James has commissioned the school he built for kids in his hometown
- The three-time NBA champion built the school to help reduce the number of children dropping out of school over lack of funds
- He recently completed a four-year deal worth $154 million to join Los Angeles Lakers from Cleveland Cavaliers
NBA superstar Lebron James on Monday, July 30 commissioned his $8 million public school project in his home town in Akron, Ohio.
The 33-year-old currently dumped Cleveland Cavaliers and join Los Angeles Lakers in a four-year deal valued at $154 million.
LeBron James Family Foundation names the school 'I Promise School' and it is expected to house about 240 students — 120 third-graders and 120 fourth-graders.
And it is expected to have grown to housing close to 1000 pupils from the first grade through to the eighth.
According to Business Insider, the school was built in partnership with Akron Public Schools and is for children at risk of falling behind.
While delivering his speech, James said: "Besides having three kids and marrying my wife, putting my mom in a position where she never has to worry about anything ever again for the rest of her life, this is right up there," James said in November of the school.
He added that: "Championships, MVPs, I mean, points, rebounds and assists, that stuff is, whatever."
The American financial and business news website reports that James had suffered homelessness due to poverty while growing up.
And at one point was out of school in fourth grade, an experience that motivated him to build a school who might be going through the same thing he went through, not only provide better education but to provide better life infrastructure.
Cleveland.com's Jennifer Conn , James' school will look slightly different than other public schools. The hours will be from 9-5.
The school year goes from July 30 to May to eliminate what experts call the "slide" that occurs during summer vacation.
Through the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank, the I Promise School will also help provide food for families who may not be able to provide proper nutrition.
There are after-school programs to keep kids from getting into trouble when the school day ends.
Kids who graduate from high school and follow certain classroom criteria can also earn a four-year scholarship to the University of Akron, which James has also partnered with.
There is also a program for parents to earn their GEDs and continue their education.
James, who has won three NBA championships and four league-MVPs, called the school opening the greatest moment of his career.
"Walking these hallways and seeing, when I was driving here, just the streets that I walked, some of the stores are still up when I was growing up," he told ESPN.
"It’s a moment I’ll never forget — and hopefully the kids, starting with the 240 kids that we have going in here right now starting today, will never forget it, either."
James has won several individual and club awards in his 15 year reign in the NBA, here are some of the titles he has won during the course of his career.
- 3× NBA Champion: 2012, 2013, 2016
- 3× NBA Finals Most Valuable Player: 2012, 2013, 2016
- 4× NBA Most Valuable Player: 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013
- 14× NBA All-Star: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
- 3× NBA All-Star Game MVP: 2006, 2008, 2018
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