LeBron James surprised I Promise School students Thursday by announcing a $1 million grant from the Dick’s Sporting Goods Foundation to build a new gym at the Akron school.
The Los Angeles Laker and Akron native made the announcement at his alma mater St. Vincent-St. Mary High School. The gym will be used for physical education programs and after-school activities, and serve as a safe space for children.
“To my kids, this is more than a gym,” James said. “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.”
Specific details, such as the cost and when it will be built, were not included in a news release issued Friday.
“We are in the early stages of the plan,” Akron Public Schools spokesman Mark Williamson said. “Once drawings are complete, we will know cost better. But the expectation is that the donation and the partnership will pay for the whole project.”