Backed By LeBron James, 'I Promise School' Welcomes Akron Students

Tanya Simon
August 4, 2018

"For him to even talk to LeBron about me, he's really got me thinking right now", Quan Quan said.

The "I Promise School" will give underperforming students the opportunity to excel in hands-on learning environments, as well as a scholarship to college.

A very emotional LeBron joined the students on the first day of school and took to Twitter to express his utmost joy in his greatest achievement ever. He also created a supplemental program for the parents who send their children to The I Promise School to help them return to complete their high school educations if they have not already done so.

James' first public words on the topic came Sunday via an appearance on his online platform, Uninterrupted, where he divulged that joining the Lakers was a decision plucked straight out of his dreams.

Though he said the move to LA from his hometown state of OH is "bittersweet" because he just opened a school in Akron, James called becoming a Laker "a dream come true".

This program isn't the first time James has gifted bikes to young children. "But it's a championship franchise, and that's what we're trying to get back to and I'm happy to be a part of the culture and be a part of us getting back to that point". "For kids, in general, all they want to know is that someone cares".

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Beyond the I Promise School having backing from James, it's unique in almost every sense.

LeBron James stood on a stage near one of the streets he walked as a troubled kid and looked out at thousands of faces. Although many speculate James' decision to leave Cleveland was extremely quick, "King James" said he made the choice with his family. "But hopefully I can sit there one day and watch my jersey go up into the rafters, that's for sure".

"Tomorrow is going to be one of the greatest moments (if not the greatest) of my life", James said of opening the school. "They just had to not f-k it up".

LeBron recalls in a tweet that, as a kid, he once missed 83 days of school when he was in the fourth grade.

In a video he released Sunday on his "Uninterrupted" Facebook page, James spoke about the connection he feels to the children of northeast OH, and the pride he feels in opening this school.

Last year, buzz started to develop about LeBron wanting to build a school.

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