LeBron James Family Foundation

Drumm's 'Tree of Life' stands tall in front of the newly-opened I Promise School in Akron.
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Students at the I Promise school in Akron got the chance to become ninjas this week.

Kids participated in a replica of the "American Ninja Warrior" obstacle course where students tested their strength and stamina. They climbed an 8-foot wall among other obstacles. 

American Ninja Warrior host Akbar Gbajabiamila visited the school. While he was happy seeing the kids participate, Gbajabiamila wanted to leave an important message for everyone. 

Partners Provide Extras At I Promise School

Mar 27, 2019
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KABIR BHATIA / WKSU

LeBron James’ family foundation and I Promise School in Akron are benefitting from his recent NBA scoring record.

About 400 parents and kids load up their trays with dinner from Swensons and settle into the I Promise School cafeteria and gym for a quick guide to managing money, a pitch for flu shots and a student performance on messages hidden in old spirituals.

These kinds of family gatherings happen once a month and at least 80 percent of the I Promise families participate, according to Nicole Hassen, the Akron Public Schools liaison to the LeBron James Family Foundation.

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Here are your morning headlines for Friday, October 26:

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The Mayor of Los Angeles joined Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan today for a tour of the new school that LeBron James helped make possible.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti toured the I Promise School, which opened this school year for third- and fourth-graders. LeBron James has called it the kind of school he wishes he could have attended when he was a kid in Akron.

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