LeBron James is having arguably the greatest day of his life today, as the Los Angeles Lakers' star forward opened his new school, the "I Promise School," in his hometown of Akron, Ohio.
The opening of the school, which is the result of years of incredible work by LeBron and his family foundation, has been referred to by LeBron as possibly his best achievement in life.
The school, which will begin with only two grades, will expand in the years to come. It will work with at-risk youth, hoping to eventually get all of them to college.
LeBron had a special gift for all of the kids who are beginning at the school today. It's pretty awesome.
From the Los Angeles Times:
The school provides services to help the kids handle trauma, stress from parents struggling to make ends meet and trouble that comes from too much free time and too little supervision. It also provides job and family services for the children’s parents to help them get GEDs or handle unexpected job loss. The school has a pantry with donations from a food bank, where parents can choose foods to prepare for their families.
Every student will get a bicycle because bicycles helped James get away from the more dangerous parts of his community while growing up.
Well done, LeBron.