The LeBron James Museum is now under construction at the foundation’s House Three Thirty just outside downtown Akron.
James made the announcement via Instagram, confirming the foundation is working with Upper Deck Sports to build the museum. When it's complete, the public will be able to buy tickets to tour the space, with the proceeds going back to the foundation for programming, the foundation said.
Built in the former iconic Tangier Restaurant & Cabaret, House Three Thirty, named for Akron’s 330 area code, sits adjacent to the I Promise School and not far from the I Promise Village.
The village provides affordable housing for students’ families, illustrating the wrap-around services that underscore the foundation’s “We Are Family” creed.
Besides housing the museum, House Three Thirty recently announced an Old El Paso casual-dining restaurant is planned to open there in 2023, providing job training. The facility also offers financial literacy support, a sports complex and community gathering space.
The I Promise School opened its doors in Akron in 2018. With a STEM-based curriculum, the school is for students who under-perform in reading, math and other essential academic areas. Educators adhere to a “trauma-informed” approach to engaging students to show them a safe, supportive environment.
Families also have access to a food pantry and educational opportunities, as well as to representatives from Summit County Department of Jobs and Family Services.
I Promise students who graduate from high school and meet a set of requirements from academic goals to community service are guaranteed a four-year college scholarship, which James partnered with the University of Akron in 2015 to provide.