April 21, 2021

DCTRS

Damascus Center for Theoretical and Civil Rights Studies

LeBron James to build family housing and community hub in Akron

When the LeBron James Family Foundation opened the I Promise School in Akron, Ohio, in July 2018, it was only the start of the Lakers star’s investment in education and assistance for students and their families.

James’ foundation announced on Tuesday plans to build House Three Thirty, a 50-unit complex for families of I Promise School students that will include retail, dining and event spaces for residents and community members. It is scheduled to open in 2022.

Among the partners assisting with various aspects of the project and future services are JPMorgan Chase, Dick’s Sporting Goods, J.M. Smucker and Old El Paso.

“Our main goal in everything we do is to support and prepare our families for a better future,” James said in a statement. “And this concept, House Three Thirty, is the next step of that journey. I’m excited to open a space that puts everything we want to offer them under one roof. From getting them hands-on job training and financial guidance to having a space for important community events and safe physical activities, this is what we’ve learned our community needs. I can’t wait to see this come to life.”

James’ foundation and the I Promise School have assisted more than 1,500 students and their families, according to the news release. House Three Thirty will provide services to help students and their families develop business experience and target career opportunities.

“House Three thirty represents years of us listening to our families and learning what they need,” said Michele Campbell, executive director of James’ family foundation. “It’s addressing their financial health and giving them the skills they need to contribute to the workforce for a lifetime. “