“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.”
From the moment LeBron James was thrust into the national spotlight, talks of his greatness were primarily centered on the game of basketball. Through no fault of his own or anyone else’s, he was framed through the lens of the game that was introduced to the masses by James Naismith in 1891. People compared him to Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson, two of the greatest basketball players who ever lived. They did not compare him to past humanitarians, or past individuals who used their platforms as athletes to make the world a better place for children and families in their communities through the vehicle of formal education. As long as he lived up to the hype as a basketball star, all of the attention would be worthwhile.
But July 30, 2018 turned the narrative of LeBron James on its head. It was the day that LeBron James redefined what it meant to not only live up to the hype, but also what it meant for people covering the game and its athletes to look beyond their exploits as athletes and at what made them who they were. As of July 30, 2018, he found a way for this part of his story to be told. One that, had people paid closer attention, could have, and should have, been told years ago. July 30, 2018 is the day LeBron James opened his I Promise School (1), a public school in conjunction with the Akron School District and his foundation (2). The man has officially changed the game, but in ways one would least expect given his backstory.Read More