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LeBron James made a quick trip home to Akron, Ohio to present his “I Promise” School with a check for $1,000,000.

The third and fourth graders visited St. Vincent-St. Mary High School on Thursday, James’s alma mater, where he made a surprise appearance at their assembly. James presented the “I Promise” School with a $1 million check from the DICK’s Sporting Goods Foundation to go towards building a gym.

“To my kids, this is more than a gym,” James told WKYC. “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.”


The students are excelling at their new school and they’re seeing early results in their first year. It was recently reported that 90% of I Promise School’s students met or exceeded individual growth goals in recent district assessments, outpacing students across their Akron, Ohio, district.

Overall, James wanted to show is appreciation and continuous dedication to his community. Even if the Los Angeles Lakers situation is bleak, James will always be a beacon of hope in his hometown of Akron, Ohio.