Cavs’ LeBron James opens own ‘I Promise’ school in Akron ahead of NBA Playoffs 2017

LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers
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LeBron James I Promise program will be reaching another milestone as they plan to create the I Promise school in partnership with Akron Public Schools. On his Facebook account, the Cleveland Cavaliers superstar posted a video. He shared how grateful he is to the continuous success of the LeBron James I Promise program.

“I can’t even say how proud and thankful I am for all the people who believe in my kids. They continue to inspire me every day. My kids are running a marathon and it’s uphill when you’re from the inner city. I know that our work isn’t done. This is a water station for them & we will continue to do everything we can to help them stay on track,” James wrote.

LeBron James I Promise helps kids be on the right track

In 2011, LeBron James started the I Promise program with the goal of addressing the city’s high school drop-out rate. They aim to give selected students everything they need to be able to obtain a quality education. The foundation sponsors mentoring programs, after school help, Hometown Halls for parents and caregivers, and a full week of activities each August that culminates in a We Are Family Reunion at Cedar Point.

Students who finish the foundation’s program will receive a full scholarship to the University of Akron on graduation. Foundation executive director Michele Campbell believes the program will be successful with the help of LeBron James. Despite his success in the NBA, James urged the next generation to consider careers in science, technology, engineering, and math.

The LeBron James I Promise program recently take a huge step and announced the creation of I Promise school. Starting with the first grade, students will be chosen via a lottery system.

“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,” LeBron James said in a news release. “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.”

LeBron James, Cavs facing a tough battle in defending the title

LeBron James and the Cavaliers will face a tough battle in defending their title this season. After a loss to the Miami Heat on Monday night, the Cavaliers fell to the No. 2 spot in the Eastern Conference. As of now, the Cavaliers continue to upgrade their roster before the 2017 NBA playoffs officially start.

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