LeBron James has always given back to his community in Ohio, even during the four years he was public enemy number-one for going to Miami. His latest charitable act is perhaps his biggest slam dunk yet.
The NBA star, though his LeBron James Family Foundation, is opening up a public school in his hometown of Akron designed specifically for students who are at risk of failing.
The I Promise School will open in the fall of 2018 for students in grades three and four. The plan is to expand it to grades one through eight by 2022. The school will accept those students who have trouble with reading and need more academic help so they don't fall further behind their peers.
LeBron says, "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. 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."