In November 2017, the LeBron James Family Foundation approached the Akron school board about assisting in the creation of a school created to help at-risk kids who are lagging behind in their studies and struggling at home. He said that the Lakers move was a dream come true. Located just a few blocks down from where LeBron James became a high school sensation at St. Vincent-St.
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. I always felt like that was one of the historic franchises.
"It's kind of bittersweet timing because, on this hand, I have a brand new school that's opening".
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".
The school, the I Promise School, was launched in coordination with Akron Public Schools.
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James joined the Lakers with a four-year contract worth US$153.3 million (NZ$225m) this month, after the worst five-year period in the franchise's history. The two men met at James' Los Angeles-area house at the start of free agency, with James' agent and fellow Akron native, Rich Paul of Klutch Sports group, also taking part.
LeBron James dunks at son Bronny Jr's AAU game.
This season coming up will be the 16th of James's career.
"For me to be in this position now, my excitement to be a Laker - I'm happy to be a part of it because I believe the Lakers is a historical franchise, we all know that, but it's a championship franchise and that's what we're trying to get back to".
"This is where it is today".
"I can't sit back and say nothing", said James, who lists participating in youth athletics as one of the most inclusive experiences of his upbringing. Anyone who buys one of the shoes will have their name enshrined on the I Promise School sneaker wall as well.