How promising is LeBron’s I PROMISE School?
Four-time NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) LeBron James is such a divisive player. His fans and fellow athletes revere him while a lot of hoop junkies are LeBron detractors.
LeBron’s campaign last year–despite being swept in the NBA Finals again–was so dominant that it sparked another round of Greatest of All Time debates between “The King” and Chicago Bulls great Michael Jordan.
The neverending argument takes away from the many extraordinary points of James’ career and life. Growing up dirt poor in the streets of Ohio, the basketball mega star knows exactly what it feels like to having meager means. And before leaving his hometown team Cleveland Cavaliers to play in Los Angeles, LeBron decided to give back to the community by opening his I PROMISE School in Akron.
The I PROMISE School is no ordinary academy. James and his foundation have positioned their scholars to maximize the opportunity, setting them up for future success. While some have criticized it, claiming it will cost taxpayers millions of dollars, the school’s admirable intentions are worth noting.
Here are 8 things about James’ new baby in Akron:
Commute will be easy
— I PROMISE School (@IPROMISESchool) August 10, 2018
Students of the I PROMISE School each get a bicycle and a helmet. LeBron says that his own bike helped him explore the city as a child, which is why he wants to share it with pupils. If the student happens to live a little further than biking-distance, transportation will be provided within a two-mile radius.
Everything is provided
The only thing kids need to do is show up. They won’t have to worry about food as students will be provided free breakfast, lunch, and snacks. Clothing will not be an issue as students will be handed free uniforms. And oh, tuition is absolutely free.
Families will be fed
If a student’s family do not have the means to eat three meals a day, parents get access to a food pantry.
LeBron’s got the future covered
— I PROMISE School (@IPROMISESchool) July 30, 2018
Getting through middle school and high school is one thing. Pursuing higher education in college is another. James ensures graduates from his school will receive free college tuition at the University of Akron.
There is hope for parents too
As the saying goes: “Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.” LeBron decided to teach parents how to fish by helping them land a job. Parents at the school are given access to a General Educational Development (GED) program if they did not finish high school.
The I PROMISE School values the importance of having a family. In fact, their official motto is “We Are Family.” And for LeBron, having a happy home translates to having a happy family. Because of that, the academy will assist parents with housing if their current situation isn’t ideal.
Teachers are cared for
— I PROMISE School (@IPROMISESchool) August 8, 2018
Teachers are undervalued and overlooked in some educational institutions. But that’s not the case at the I PROMISE School. Teachers will have access to resources, supplies, and free psychological services as well as career development training. There is also a personal trainer for the teachers at the teachers’ disposal for physical health assistance.
For more information on the I PROMISE School, visit ipromiseschool.akronschools.com.
Featured image from I PROMISE School Twitter account.