People might be polarized about Lebron James as a player but there’s no way one can’t, and shouldn’t, openly commend Lebron James the man.
The LeBron James Family Foundation started the ‘I Promise Network’ in 2011 with the enlistment of then-3rd grade students. It has since grown to include more than 1,400 Akron students in grades six through 11 who receive mentoring, college and career preparation and family support from the foundation.
In 2015, James partnered with The University of Akron to guarantee four-year college scholarships to all eligible students who graduate from high school and complete specified criteria in both the classroom and in the community.
In 2018, LeBron James and the Akron public school system opened the I Promise school, focused on educating vulnerable students in LeBron’s hometown.
Now, Kent State University is offering tuition guarantees to the 193 students of the I Promise Network in the junior class of Akron’s school system. They’ll be eligible to enroll for the 2021-22 academic year.
Both Akron University and Kent St. University are close enough where students can continue to live at home while attending to their studies.