Lebron James Family Foundation Surprises Students With Free College Tuition
Wait until you see their reactions when they found out!
When Lebron James isn't on the basketball court, he's helping kids in his hometown to succeed.
In 2018, James started the I Promise School in partnership with the public school system in Akron, OH. The school launch was part of the I Promise Network that the Lebron James Family Foundation established in 2011 to help support at-risk students in Akron, OH where he grew up.
Students at the I Promise school in Akron.@IPROMISESchool
Last week, the first graduating class of the I Promise School got the surprise of a lifetime when they visited Kent State University for their 11th grade experience outing.
"You are Mr. LeBron James' first class, his first love, it all started because of you," Melody Tankersley, interim senior vice president and provost at KSU, said during the assembly.
Then, KSU president Todd Diacon told the students to reach for an envelope that was tucked underneath their chairs.
In a sweet video released by the Lebron James Family Foundation, you can see the students excitedly tearing open the envelopes. Inside each one was an announcement stating that they were getting free tuition for four years at KSU. Additionally, the students' first year of room and board expenses would be paid for them.
The sound of applause filled the auditorium as the students excitedly realized what was going on.
"We are doing this because we know of the transformative power of a higher education and a college degree, but most of all we're doing this because you guys have demonstrated over the past several years that you have the grit, that you have the determination, that you have the dreams to succeed," Diacon said to the room full of cheering teens.
Students found this announcement in an envelope under their seats.
Students and their parents wiped away tears as the news began to sink in.
"My daughter gets to live out her dream she's had since she was 8, to go to Kent State," one parent said.
While King James wasn't there himself to present the students with their honors, the LJFF retweeted a video where he says that giving kids the option to decide what they want to do with their future is the "best thing he's ever done."
What an awesome act of kindness! Kudos to the Lebron James Family Foundation and Kent State University for making dreams come true.