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LeBron James’ I Promise School inaugural class receives free college tuition

The inaugural class from LeBron James’ highly acclaimed I Promise School in the superstar’s hometown of Akron, Ohio, may only be juniors, but their college tuition fees have been taken care of once they reach graduation.

According to an announcement Wednesday from the LeBron James Family Foundation, the entire class has received free tuition for four years and one year of room and board at nearby Kent State. The class of 11th graders, which numbers 193 students, was surprised with the news during a visit to the college’s campus.

James’ I Promise School has been a resounding, runaway success, earning deserved and wide acclaim. James’ contributions to the school elicited praise from Barack and Michelle Obama for his dedication to the education initiatives championed by the school. When James opened the school in 2018, he hailed the event “one of the greatest moments of my life.”

James was named to Time’s 100 Most Influential People of 2019 list, and the honor was mostly attributed to his integral role in getting the I Promise School off the ground and up and running. James admitted to being “honored and humbled” by the recognition.