LeBron James announces new I PROMISE Institute at University of Akron

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AKRON, Ohio — The LeBron James Family Foundation has announced the establishment of the  new I PROMISE Institute on The University of Akron campus.

The institute is a resource for students who earn the guaranteed four-year tuition and general service fees scholarship to the university.

The Institute will be located in a currently undeveloped space on the south end of level 3 in the InfoCision Stadium.

The LeBron James Family Foundation website states:

“LJFF’s Wheels for Education and Akron I PROMISE Network programs were created as a way to raise graduation rates in Akron over the long-term. With the addition of the I PROMISE Institute, that commitment continues through college graduation rates for LJFF’s inner-city students at The University of Akron.”

“When we first started this program, I wanted my kids to graduate from high school. But the more we grow as a Foundation, the more we find can be done to give our kids the best chance to be successful,” James said in a release. “We don’t just want our kids to get to college, we want them to graduate from college. And we want to make sure we are doing everything we can to help them do that.”

LJFF’s first class of Akron I PROMISE Network students are now in 8th grade. So the I PROMISE Institute hopes to have procedures in place by the time those students arrive on The University of Akron campus in 2021.

In the near term, the Institute will provide resources, research-based interventions and support to I PROMISE children.

The Institute is being funded in part by Sprite.