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#FMTrends: King James Builds Castle for Akron Kids

#FMTrends: King James Builds Castle for Akron Kids


The King Builds Castle for Akron Kids

The summer of 2018 has been an odyssey for LeBron James. The 3x NBA Champion left the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Los Angeles Lakers this summer, but the Ohio native still puts on for his hometown. On July 30th, the doors opened for the “I Promise School”(IPS) in Akron, Ohio. The school is aimed at helping disadvantaged children. The I Promise School offers free tuition, uniforms, bicycles with helmets, transportation within 2 miles, breakfast, lunch, snacks, food pantry for families, and guaranteed tuition to the University of Akron for graduates. The school also offers GED and job placement services for parents. The school also features a longer academic and longer hours(9 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Additionally, the school has 114 game worn sneakers from LeBron that will be auctioned off with proceeds going towards the school.


The Palace Opens In Style

On the first day of class, 240 students are attending grades 3rd and 4th; grades 1 and 2 will be available next year. I Promise School will feature all grades 1st through 8th by 2022. On the grand opening, pop singer Tori Kelly sung “Hallelujah”, as James was joined by teammates from St. Vincent-St. Mary High School, Nike executives, and family members. This is fitting since the 4x league MVP was absent from school 83 times in 4th grade. He struggled as a student due to his mother being unsuccessful landing a permanent job. More bad luck would accompany him as his school was located in another part of the city and they had no means of transportation. LeBron would find a better opportunity when various families took interest in him and provided support and care.


Sources: USA Today, Twitter, Sports Illustrated

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August 2nd, 2018

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