114 Pairs of LeBron James' Game-Worn Shoes Line Lobby of 'I Promise School'

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistJuly 30, 2018

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LeBron JamesFamily Foundation and the Akron Public Schools opened the I Promise School on Monday, and one of the cool features is a wall in the building lined with James' game-worn shoes:

LJ's Fam Foundation @LJFamFoundation

114 pairs of @KingJames game worn shoes line the walls of the @IPROMISESchool lobby 🤯🔥 #IPROMISE https://t.co/7J0yZpUo9G

On Sunday, James took to Twitter to talk about the opening of the school, which will start with grades three and four with plans of future expansion:

LeBron James @KingJames

The jitters before the first day of school are real right now!!! Tomorrow is going to be one of the greatest moments (if not the greatest) of my life when we open the #IPROMISE School. This skinny kid from Akron who missed 83 days of school in the 4th grade had big dreams... https://t.co/PwmRaHRfng

LeBron James @KingJames

and it doesn't get bigger than opening day tomorrow (until the next thing we dream of 🤣) I'm so unbelievably proud and excited to see my kids, my home, and the 330 tomorrow. THANK YOU! Let's get it. Let’s go 💪🏾 @IPROMISESchool #WeAreFamily #IPROMISE

Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com shared the mission of the school, which got off the ground in large part because James has been "donating millions to the project and securing support from corporate and educational sponsors."

"The I Promise School has a longer school day and longer school year. More than 40 staff members will attempt to accelerate the development of children who qualify for the program based on performance and socioeconomic factors.

"For those who complete the program, which has been operating for years, James has arranged for free tuition to the University of Akron starting in 2021."

Surely, attending the school that James helped build and seeing reminders of his great career every day is quite the motivation.