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The great Nelson Mandela once said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which can be used to change the world.” To say that I am able to remember every math lesson, and gym activity I participated in school would be inaccurate. What I can say about my school is that I learned a lot of thoughtful life lessons. I learned the difference between who I thought I was at certain moments and who I sought out to become in the future. School provided an opportunity for me to think bigger and be better. LeBron James understands that. James debuted his school “I Promise” on (Jul.30), proving that his legacy will be monumental.
Staying true to the saying “Never forget where you came from,” I Promise is located in James’ hometown, Akron, Ohio. The I Promise School is a joint project between James’s Family Foundation and the Akron school board created to help kids who are at risk and struggling in their homes. The school’s curriculum was created by the school board to ensure that the prospective students will get the education they require. The school will start with third and fourth grade and add more as the years proceed.
This isn’t the first time the Ohio native has been deeply involved in the education system. Three years ago, he announced his plan to pay the college tuition of more than 1,000 students. This is in addition to his funding for the “Wheels for Education” which helps kids receive school supplies to ensure decent grades.
“Everything these kids are going through- the drugs, the violence, the guns, everything they’re going through as kids, I know. For me to be in a position where I have the resources, the finances, the people, the structure, and the city around me — Why not? Why not continue to do great things? You can help the next Barack Obama, Michelle Obama. You can help the next Sean Diddy Combs or Jay-Z. You can help the next LeBron James.” — LeBron James
The Lakers player created the school with the idea that everyone deserves an opportunity. I Promise isn’t just any ordinary school. The $2 million funded instituion promises that a child will have free tuition, free uniforms, free breakfast, lunches, snacks, free bikes and helmets, free transportation within a two-mile range, food pantries for families, GED and job placements for parents, and free tuition to the University of Akron for every student that graduates.
Say what you want about James and his recent choice to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Los Angeles Lakers. Let’s talk about facts. He’s scored over 11,000 points, over 8,000 assists, and landed three championship rings. However, his greatest achievement is I Promise. It’s bigger than any championship ring. James is giving an opportunity to people stemmed from a powerful weapon — education. His legacy will live on, regardless of the basketball team he plays for.