On Monday, the I Promise School opened its doors for the first time. Located just a few blocks down from where LeBron James became a high school sensation at St. Vincent-St. Mary’s, the new school is a joint venture between the Los Angeles Lakers star and Akron Public Schools.
The school will welcome 240 third- and fourth-graders this year, before expanding to grades 1-8 by 2022. In addition to the normal curriculum, I Promise will provide resources to students’ families and include an on-site food bank.
“The jitters before the first day of school are real right now!!! Tomorrow is going to be one of the greatest moments (if not the greatest) of my life,” James tweeted Sunday night.
Here’s how figures from around the sports world reacted to the 3-time NBA champion’s latest success:
— Jeanie Buss (@JeanieBuss) July 30, 2018
— DWade (@DwyaneWade) July 30, 2018
— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixYS) July 30, 2018
This is one SUPERSTAR that gets it / using his FAME in a positive way / Yes @KingJames is the Best PTPer on/ off the court! LeBron has 1st-day 'jitters' with school opening – via @ESPN App https://t.co/hoxRg9lEjj
— Dick Vitale (@DickieV) July 30, 2018
Not only did LeBron James exceed all expectations despite being in the national spotlight since he was 12. Not only did he bring his friends along with him. But he continuously demonstrates real thoughtfulness & sincerity around issues of justice. You can’t help but be impressed.
— Clint Smith (@ClintSmithIII) July 29, 2018
I cannot say how impressed I am that the school @kingjames is opening today to serve low-performing students is a traditional public school. Instead of taking resources from the Akron Public Schools, he is adding to them. This is doing the work. Bravo. https://t.co/JxsifsUFle
— Ida Bae Wells (@nhannahjones) July 30, 2018
Set up here at the I Promise School awaiting LeBron James' entrance. In a word: wow. Everyone involved in this effort should be proud. pic.twitter.com/IOkwgRXQKG
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) July 30, 2018