LeBron James took a trip to his I Promise school this week to announce that they’re getting a new gym thanks to a $1 million grant from the Dick’s Sporting Goods Foundation.
LeBron spoke about the grant, telling the Akron Beacon Journal,
“To my kids, this is more than a gym. The Dick’s Sports Matter program is helping us provide even more opportunities. An opportunity to play and learn in a safe place that many don’t have access to. I can’t imagine where my friends and I would be if it weren’t for the coaches and teachers who cared about us and the opportunities we had.”
James’ school opened last summer to 240 of Akron Public School’s most at-risk 3rd and 4th graders who were performing below grade level. 90 percent of those students are now “meeting or exceeding individual growth goals in reading and math, outpacing peers across the district,” according to a statement from the school.