LeBron James teams up with boutique hotelier to provide transitional housing for students at his 'I Promise School'
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LeBron James announced Monday that he has teamed up with a boutique hotelier to provide transitional housing to at-risk students attending his public elementary school in Akron, Ohio, starting in the summer. 

According to USA Today, the Los Angeles Lakers star will be offering housing to the students beginning in July as part of a partnership between his charity, the LeBron James Family Foundation, and Graduate Hotels.


The move comes after the Akron native first opened the I Promise School last year. More than 300 students have reportedly enrolled since its opening.

Transitional housing builds upon the resources and assistance the school already provides students and families, including legal help, clothing, food and medical care.

James told USA Today in a statement his organization’s work was initially focused on helping children in his hometown “earn an education.”

“But we’ve found that it is impossible to help them learn if they are struggling to survive, if they are hungry, if they have no heat in the freezing winter, if they live in fear for their safety,” he continued. 

According to the publication, James and Graduate Hotels have already purchased a building in Akron that will serve as a place of transitional housing for students in need as well as their families.

James told the paper that he wants the building, which will be called the “I Promise Village,” to be “their home where they feel safe, supported, and loved, knowing we are right there with them every step of the way as they get back on their feet.” 

The move is personal for James, who reportedly missed several months of school in the fourth grade due to his family’s housing situation at the time.

Michele Campbell, who serves as the executive director of his foundation, reportedly said that a number of students attending the school are homeless and “some live in shelters.”

One student, Campbell said, was the victim “of a gun invasion in their home and watched his brother get shot and a cousin get shot and die, and he had to go back in that home.” 

“In a typical school, when behaviors act out, there’s punitive response and you just push it deeper and deeper. We’re trying to understand what behavior is linked to and find the solution,” she added. “We knew we can help the behavior, help the family and help the student learn."