When LeBron James signed on the dotted line to become a member of the Lakers, he was all business, as GM Rob Pelinka shared a few weeks back.
The school was a joint venture between his LeBron James Family Foundation and the Akron, Ohio Public Schools and serves at-risk children in James's hometown.
LeBron James in action during an National Basketball Association game.
"Tomorrow is going to be one of the greatest moments (if not the greatest) of my life", James said of opening the school. "We are letting people know it is about true wrap-around support, true family integration and true compassion".
According to the Los Angeles Times, James' foundation was the top donor towards the construction of the school and worked with Akron Public Schools to meet all standards and regulations.
Following his eighth straight appearance in the NBA Finals, James said he was still in "championship mode" as he headed into free agency.
The foyer of the I Promise School features two walls that bookend the main staircase.
"The jitters before the first day of school are real right now!"
In that same video, James also opened up about joining the Lakers and what it means to be a part of an organization with so much history. It was this sense of kindness and "it takes a village" that has inspired James to pass it forward and encourage Akron students to thrive.
Over the weekend, LeBron James Jr. and his North Coast Blue Chips teammates played in the Bigfoot Hoops Las Vegas Classic. "I walked the same streets".
LeBron James promise to Northeast Ohio is being fulfilled this morning. "Across each wall is 114 of King James" game-worn sneakers that mostly span his past few seasons as a Cleveland Cavalier. Each classroom will hold 20 students for every teacher and 43 academic staffers have been hired.