Mariners’ Dee Gordon and Sun’s Chiney Ogwumike voice their support for LeBron opening his I Promise School

Last Friday the newest member of the Los Angeles Lakers LeBron James opened his “I Promised School.”  According to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, it is a project that James, his foundation, and the Akron (Ohio) Public School district had been working on for nearly a decade. The school will focus its efforts on servicing at-risk kids.

The grade levels will start at second grade through fourth and gradually expand from there. The goal of the institution will help students from challenging backgrounds have a chance to help pursue their dreams.

James along with sponsors will donate millions of dollars to help the institution function. The school hours will be longer than the traditional hours that we at that age remember.  This will allow staff members to assess learning styles to help their students receive the proper attention.  All students that complete the program will receive a full ride to the University of Akron starting in 2021.


Fellow athletes such as Cris Carter, Emmitt Smith, Steph Curry, Elena Delle Donne, Dee Gordon, and Chinenye “Chiney” Ogwumike.


“Being from the state of Ohio, I would’ve been one of these kids. I went to school hungry so many days. There’s some simple things LeBron did here, that only being poor do you know and understand.”- Cris Carter



It’s amazing! Love to see players of his caliber giving back the way he does and continuing to give back to his community. It’s awesome, and I wish I was a little kid and go back to that school because it looks incredible. He is doing some much great things in the community, and he inspires others to do the same! Donne told me.

Seattle Mariners Second Baseman Dee Gordon and the Connecticut Sun’s Chinenye “Chiney” Ogwumike both share voiced their support as well.

I wish I was rich enough to do that, to be honest. That is one of the dopest things that I have ever seen and it’s awesome that he could do for those kids and their families. He set the bar high and I think guys of his caliber should definitely start doing that. – Gordon told me

That is the ultimate gift that you can give to kids. Not giving but teaching and learning that is the best way you can transform people lives. The fact that he is doing it with money, his time, family, and friends that is the legacy athletes have. A lot of people say athletes should stick to the game and “We Should Shut up and dribble” Well you know what? They have platforms and they are able to reach people and that is a powerful thing. The fact that he is going to help kids and the generations to come is amazing. If we had more individuals doing that our society would be in a much better place. – Ogwumike told me.

What do you think?

Written by Landon Buford

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