Christians and Others Praise LeBron James for Opening I PROMISE School for At-Risk Children in His Hometown of Akron, Ohio

Lebron James, the NBA icon and new Los Angeles Lakers star, is being hailed by Christians and others for opening a new public school for at-risk children that is set to change the destinies for many in his hometown of Akron, Ohio.

In one of his interviews regarding the announcement, James hit out at U.S. President Donald Trump, however, arguing that he is trying to use sports to divide the country.

“The I PROMISE School, a brand new public school in Akron established by the LeBron James Family Foundation and Akron Public Schools, is open [sic] its doors for an historic first day of school with its inaugural class of 240 I PROMISE students,” read a message on Sunday by the LeBron James Family Foundation Twitter account.

“The jitters before the first day of school are real right now!!! Tomorrow is going to be one of the greatest moments (if not the greatest) of my life when we open the #IPROMISE School,” James added in a post on his own account.

“This skinny kid from Akron who missed 83 days of school in the 4th grade had big dreams. for the kids in Akron to give them everything they could need to find their passion, give back to our community and change the world!! This school is that. The people are that. Akron is that,” he added.

“And it doesn’t get bigger than opening day tomorrow (until the next thing we dream of) I’m so unbelievably proud and excited to see my kids, my home, and the 330 tomorrow. THANK YOU!”

I Promise School is specifically designed to help at-risk children who are lagging behind in school or struggling at home, SBNation.com reported, and focuses on fighting the factors outside the classroom that are causing them to struggle.

What is more, the school offers free tuition; uniforms, a bicycle and helmet; transportation within 2 miles; breakfast, lunch, and snacks; food pantry for the family; job placement services for the parents; as well as guaranteed tuition to the University of Akron for every student who graduates.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Stoyan Zaimov

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