The Off-the-Court LeBron

Always Been the G.O.A.T. at APS
Posted on 10/13/2020
Image of LeBron James at I PROMISE Opening(from St. Louis Post Dispatch)

Perhaps the best person to ask about LeBron’s legacy is the man who admitted “I'm really bad at following sports.”

Because for everything LeBron James has accomplished as a basketball player — he won his fourth NBA title last Sunday — his legacy also lives in the at-risk children he helps in his hometown.

LeBron James literally started a school. The I Promise School in Ohio is part of the Akron Public School District, and it pools together at-risk students from Akron’s 28 elementary schools.

“The one thing all of our kids have in common is they struggle in reading, and that's the way you get into the school,” said Keith Liechty-Clifford of the school district, who helped the LeBron James Family Foundation “dream up the concept” of this extraordinary institution. “We do a lottery, based on students who would be deemed at risk or struggling in reading in our other local schools....

“As a public school, we do work hard for every single student across the district, but there's just so far that the dollars can stretch. And so, for LeBron and his foundation to infuse money into our school? Just this year alone, $1.3 million in staffing.”

And in the three years since the school opened, The LeBron James Family Foundation and its community partners have donated $5 million to the school. Five million. Liechty-Clifford said that is for everything including staffing, technology, building renovations and development of the family resource center, as well as various ancillary teacher and student supplies. Read more here>>.
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