LeBron James continues to show why he’s a legend on and off the court.

According to the Akron Beacon Journal, the NBA superstar’s foundation has announced an official partnership with Stark State College to allow students of his I Promise School to attend the institution for free.

The LeBron James Family Foundation

In 2004, James launched the foundation with a mission to “positively affect the lives of children and young adults through education and co-curricular educational initiatives.”

Today, the organization’s “We are Family” mantra extends far beyond just education. From basics like daily meals to job security, the LeBron James Family Foundation ensures that the entire household is accounted for.

“For the LeBron James Family Foundation, it’s always been about serving not just our students, but the entire family,” said foundation executive director Michele Campbell. “Being able to extend this scholarship opportunity to our parents and guardians is an absolute game changer.”

Previously, the LeBron James Family Foundation announced tuition-free college for students attending either Kent State or the University of Akron upon the completion of their education at the I Promise School. The new offer is for students who may not want to take the traditional four-year college route after graduation.

In fact, students who want to learn a trade or get a two-year associate degree can do so with the new partnership which allows them to attend either the Stark State College’s Akron or Stark County campus.

Giving Students Autonomy Over Their Lives

All 140-plus seniors in the I Promise network will be able to take advantage of the college options. Should they decide to attend Stark State, the students will be assigned a personal counselor to ensure that they’re heading on the right path to achieving their associate’s degree or transferring to another university once the two-year program is complete.

The Mission

The overall goal is to afford the students options should they wish to receive a certificate to be a phlebotomist or go on to earn a law degree.


“We are always trying to find opportunities so we can meet the students where they are,” Campbell noted, according to the publication.