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LeBron James to Build New Gym At His “I Promise” School

LeBron James continues to do great things on and off the court. While the Lakers continue their search for a coach, James is active in the community.  On Thursday, James presented his I Promise School with a check for $1,000,000. The money will be used towards building a gym.

Recently, James made a surprise visit to St. Vincent-St. Mary High School. James attended St. Vincent-St. Mary High prior to declaring for the 2003 NBA Draft. The high school phenom went on to become one of the NBA’s biggest stars. James returned to the school and surprised his I Promise School students during an assembly. On top of his appearance, James surprised the students with a large donation. He gave them a check for $1,000,000.

The donation came from a grant provided by the Dick’s Sporting Goods Foundation. The foundation believes that students who are physically active and play sports have higher tests scores, get better grades, are absent less and are more likely to go to college. The foundation’s donation is ideal for James’ I Promise School. It gives them an opportunity to maintain an active lifestyle as well as improve their academic performance. The gym could be a great resource for the school’s students.

James spoke highly of the gym he presented the check to the students.

“I don’t want you guys to think that the gym that we’re putting up is just correlated behind sports. It’s also another safe place for our kids. Another place where our faculty members and our teachers and everyone associated the place can still have hands on with our kids,” James said.

James established the I Promise School in 2018. The school was established through a partnership between the LeBron James Family Foundation and Akron Public Schools. It currently has 240 students enrolled. The school accepts students in grades three and four and will enroll other grades in the near future.

James continues to use his stardom as an opportunity to help others. The gym is a great opportunity for students to have fun, stay active and make friends. James said that going to a gym was the start of his success and he has an opportunity to do the same for his students.

James’ gesture is not only a great opportunity for students, but shows why he is more than an athlete.

 

Featured image courtesy of AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez

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