LeBron James made global headlines in 2018 when he opened his “I Promise” school in his hometown of Akron, Ohio. The school was intended to provide a high-quality, free educational environment for socially disadvantaged students in the community.
Today, LeBron James is making headlines again with the announcement of an expansion to his “I Promise” program.
Partnering with Graduate Hotels, LeBron James will now also provide free transitional housing for at-risk children and their families.
The hotel company has purchased a historic apartment building in Akron, which is now slated to be converted into the “I Promise Village”. The company is going to renovate the interior into livable apartments, and move in families of I Promise School students who are homeless or living in shelters.
While construction on the I Promise Village will not be complete until July, James has stated that families will begin moving in to individual apartments as each apartment renovation is completed, starting in January.
What do you think about this? Do you think that the world could use more philanthropists like LeBron James? Is it more helpful to donate meaningful resources to people than it is to simply donate cash?
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