The leadership and generosity of LeBron James continues to elevate the standard for athletes everywhere.
The Los Angeles Lakers star took one monumental step forward with the announcement of his I PROMISE village in partnership with Graduate Hotels.
Per the I Promise website, the village will be located within a few blocks of the I PROMISE School, and will be renovated and furnished to include individual living units for students and their families who need a safe, comforting place to stay as they work through challenges they may be facing including homelessness, domestic violence, and other unforeseen circumstances. The Village is intended to provide immediate shelter, safety and support so that students are still able to attend school as we assist the family with a long-term plan for their future success.”
James also released in a statement:
“Initially, our work was focused on helping these kids earn an education. But we’ve found that it is impossible to help them learn if they are struggling to survive – if they are hungry, if they have no heat in the freezing winter, if they live in fear for their safety.
Proud of this!!!!! There’s always more to be done when it comes to giving my kids an opportunity to be successful in life. Every barrier we remove can possibly change their family’s life and we’re never going to stop!! pic.twitter.com/i90sfja4i4
— LeBron James (@KingJames) November 4, 2019
We’re in the business of changing lives and we’re so proud to have our 330 Ambassadors & I PROMISE students understand what it means to give of themselves for something bigger. Family move-in day is right around the corner at the I PROMISE Village! #WeAreFamily pic.twitter.com/2OSPLDLCCF
— LeBron James Family Foundation (@LJFamFoundation) July 15, 2020
Michele Campbell, executive director of The LeBron James Family Foundation echoed the sentiments of James, adding:
“This is about more than just getting kids to school. This is about keeping them alive. We’re seeing families struggling every day with very real and often times unexpected issues that turn their worlds upside down. This will allow the family time and opportunities to grow while not worrying if they’ll have a roof over their head.”
The I Promise School, was opened in 2018, and designed to specifically aim at-risk children after James researched the high school dropout rate in his hometown of Akron, Ohio.
The school is expected to be fully operational by 2022, teaching grades one through eight.