LeBron’s I Promise School gets a big check from the ‘Ellen’ show
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- LeBron James’ I Promise Scool in Akron is getting a big donation thanks to Ellen Degeneres.
In an episode of “Ellen” airing Wednesday, Degeneres pledged $10,000 for every ridiculous dare that James and his “Smallfoot” co-star Channing Tatum completed. The pair ended up completing five dares which includied drinking a shot of tequila with no hands and licking a mystery object while blindfolded.
Afterwards, Degeneres announced that, with the help of Wal-Mart, the show would donate $100,000 to the school.
The I Promise School opened to great fanfare in July. The school, part of Akron Public Schools, was founded by the LeBron James Family Foundation with the purpose to serve academically at-risk children. The school provides third and fourth graders with the attention and support they need to avoid falling behind or getting into trouble.
“Kids just want to know that you care,” James said on “Ellen” show. “Once they know that you care, then they will tap into their gift. That’s what I’m just trying to do. Let the kids know that we care, that I care. Then we’ll let them fly away.”
The Plain Dealer reported in August James’ foundation has pledged to put at least $2 million into the school every year, with the district picking up the rest of the annual $8 million tab it will cost to run the school once it’s fully running with eight grades of classes.