A move to Los Angeles won't prevent LeBron James from making a difference in his hometown.
On Monday, the 14-time All-Star opened the "I Promise School" in Akron, Ohio. Created through a partnership between the LeBron James Family Foundation and the Akron Public Schools, the school welcomed 240 at-risk third and fourth-grade students on its first day, providing them all with free tuition, uniforms, transportation, food and so much more.
.@BarackObama and I are so proud of @KingJames and @IPROMISESchool. Kids in Akron and across the US are lucky to have you as a role model on and off the court. Keep using your platform for good and giving our kids a chance to shoot for the stars. 🌟🏀 #ReachHigher #BetterMakeRoom pic.twitter.com/hyS6UM2A7b- Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) July 31, 2018
Having grown up in Akron, LeBron said he built the school because he knows "exactly what these 240 kids are going through."
"I know the streets they walk," he continued. "I know the trials and tribulations that they go through. I know the ups, the downs. I know everything that they dream about. I know all the nightmares that they have because I've been there. I know exactly what they're going through. They're the reason why this school is here today."
On Sunday night, LeBron called the opening of the school one of the greatest moments of his life - if not the greatest. He received a lot of support from his peers the next day, with the likes of Stephen Curry, Chris Paul and Dwyane Wade taking to social media to complement him on using his platform to help those in need.
Freaking amazing! 👏🏽👏🏽 https://t.co/s82hufUHZA- Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) July 30, 2018
This is using your platform! Mad props and much respect my friend @KingJames https://t.co/Em32rzqHBa- DWade (@DwyaneWade) July 30, 2018
.@kingjames CONGRATULATIONS my brother!!! You are a man of your word! Proud of you for chasing your dreams and in turn, giving the opportunity to hundreds of kids to realize theirs. ✊🏾#BiggerThanBasketball pic.twitter.com/WlhrUwyMli- Chris Paul (@CP3) July 30, 2018
🗣MESSAGEEEEEEE! This is how we make an impact. Through EDUCATION! When I started the @ARMS_Foundation my goal was to open an academy. It's great to have people in high places that share that same vision. Much much respect @KingJames ✊🏾 https://t.co/ldZArlbMse- Baze (@24Bazemore) July 30, 2018
Salute to @KingJames! Raising the bar for all athletes https://t.co/UB0pfS4nMU- Quincy Pondexter (@QuincyPondexter) July 30, 2018
LeBron isn't done, either. According to the LeBron James Family Foundation, the I Promise Institute is scheduled to open in September for "his future Promise Prospects at the University of Akron."