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LeBron James hosts I PROMISE event

8/15/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

LeBron James is shown above, fourth from right in the back row, wearing a new STVM football uniform, along with STVM students wearing new uniforms.
Photo courtesy of the LeBron James Family Foundation
LeBron James gave a pep talk to students at the I PROMISE event.
Shown is 8-year-old Terrence Woodruff, of Akron, with his mother, Nicky, at the I PROMISE event.
Akron Public School District Superintendent David James addressed the crowd during the event.
DOWNTOWN AKRON — The LeBron James Family Foundation (LJFF) held its second annual I PROMISE Family Reunion event celebrating the program’s current Wheels for Education (WFE) students and welcoming a new class of third-graders into the program Aug. 10 at St. Vincent-St. Mary (STVM) High School.

Each year the WFE program adds another class of students from the Akron Public Schools (APS) and provides them with additional after-school learning, mentors and tools they need to succeed in school, according to LJFF officials. More than 700 APS students are now enrolled in the program, and many of them and their families were on hand to visit with James at STVM’s football stadium.

In addition to a pep talk from James and a performance by group H3 (Healthy Hip Hop), the students received their school uniforms, back pack tags and new bikes. According to LJFF officials, in order to be eligible for enrollment in the WFE program, the new class of 2023 had to complete a two-week learning camp consisting of daily lessons in reading, math and basic learning skills. Thanks to a donation from Samsung Mobile, the students also received a Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1. Additionally, Sebco Books donated e-books to all APS elementary schools, according to LJFF officials.

Following the Family Reunion, James unveiled the new STVM fall sports team uniforms in an evening fashion show. As part of the promise he made to his high school alma mater, James is outfitting all STVM student athletes with Nike team uniforms and building a state-of-the-art gymnasium that is scheduled to be completed this fall.

— By Kathleen Collins

New bikes and Samsung tablets were given to students
Photos: Dale Dong

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