LeBron’s I Promise School inspires Browns cornerback TJ Carrie

James sets new standard when it comes to giving back to the community

Daryl Ruiter
August 01, 2018 - 2:34 pm
Akron, OH - LeBron James addresses the media following the official opening of his I Promise School.

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Berea, OH (92.3 The Fan) – The opening of LeBron James’ I Promise School in Akron, Ohio made national headlines.

It also caught the attention of Cleveland Browns cornerback TJ Carrie.

“I think it sets precedents for what we should do as athletes on how we are a role model to a lot of kids that we may not know, that we may not see but that know us,” Carrie said. “So, from that standpoint, big ups to LeBron for doing that and I think it just adds to another level of expectations that we have to expect from us is are we doing enough?”

James’ school has inspired Carrie, who runs his own foundation, to look deeper into what he can do to maximize the outreach of his own philanthropic efforts off the field.

“I think with my foundation trying to brand what I took in in Oakland and bring it out here to give kids within the community more of an advanced learning type of system because of the opportunities that we can provide these kids, it speaks volumes,” Carrie said. “I’m talking to my team now, ok, LeBron’s doing this, we’re not on his level, but the level that we’re on, what can we do to achieve and make a huge difference within the community out here?”

James’ school is starting off with just over 250 at-risk third and fourth graders and eventually will house nearly 1,500 students per year from grades 1-8 by 2020. Successful graduation from the school will also net each student paid tuition at the University of Akron.

The I Promise school is more than just a school and James designed it to cobat challenges he faced as a youngster that caused him to miss over 80 days of school in fourth grade.

Each student gets a free bike and helmet, free breakfast, lunch and snacks, free uniforms and free transportation within 2 miles. The school will also provide GEDs for parents as well as job placement services and a food pantry too.  

“I think every athlete has a passion on how they want to give back and they choose to use that passion and give back in that nature,” Carrie said.