The world is definitely in the spirit of giving people their flowers while they are alive. To that end, LeBron James is receiving his in a museum opening in 2023 in his hometown of Akron, Ohio.
The museum will open in House Three Thirty in collaboration with trading card and collectible memorabilia giant Upper Deck.
“The story of @KingJames will live on in Akron forever inside the one-and-only LeBron James Museum by @UpperDeckSports at House Three Thirty. We can’t wait to bring the story of the kid from Akron to life for all to see in 2023,” The LeBron James Family Foundation posted on Twitter.
The story of @KingJames will live on in Akron forever inside the one-and-only LeBron James Museum by @UpperDeckSports at House Three Thirty. 👑 We can’t wait to bring the story of the kid from Akron to life for all to see in 2023. 🤴🏾 pic.twitter.com/UlhvC8r8pj
— LeBron James Family Foundation (@LJFamFoundation) February 25, 2022
The House That James Built
According to the Foundation’s website, House Three Thirty is an innovative, multi-use facility filled with resources for and by I PROMISE families that they hope will change the entire trajectory of their northeast Ohio community.
House Three Thirty looks to bring real change for Akron families. It will be a hub for hands-on job training for “skilled yet underrepresented workers giving them essential experience they can parlay into even bigger career opportunities.”
The facility will be an “accessible one-stop-shop,” emphasizing financial literacy and the creation of a safe gathering space for the critical conversations needed in blighted communities.
Recently, the Foundation announced that it partnered with Crypto.com to support educational and workforce development opportunities focused on Web 3.0.
A LeBron James museum will be in Akron soon. 🙌 pic.twitter.com/0Or6LpVOE8
— theScore (@theScore) February 26, 2022
The Kid From Akron
House Three Thirty is located in the fully renovated, former Akron landmark The Tangier building. The building’s programs and partners include financial health with JPMorgan Chase, a sports complex from The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation, fast-casual dining with Old El Paso, and the J.M. Smucker HomeTown Hall dining room.
The LeBron James Museum construction is expected to be completed in 2023.
According to the LeBron James Family Foundation, the museum will require a ticket, with proceeds going to student and family programming at the I PROMISE School.
The I PROMISE Program and LeBron James Family Foundation serves more than 1,500 students. In 2018, the foundation partnered with Akron Public Schools for the groundbreaking school to create a new model for public education in urban America.
legacy of @KingJames will forever be felt in Akron with the many contributions he's made to the city — soon, his legacy will be on display in a museum!
LeBron James Museum expected to be done by 2023 — all ticket proceeds will go back to his I Promise School and its families. pic.twitter.com/s1Umi4g9pd
— Homa Bash (@HomaBashWEWS) February 26, 2022
New Level Superstar
“I believe in order for us to ultimately be as great as we can be as a nation that all of us have to go back into our communities and lend our hand,” James said in a statement. “It starts brick by brick. It starts person by person. Family by family. Kid by kid.”
The museum and House Three Thirty are just the latest additions to James’ Foundation’s already impressive community-based portfolio. In addition to the I PROMISE Institute, James has created transitional housing at the I PROMISE Village and longer-term housing via I PROMISE Housing.
James is still the face of the NBA, despite NBA champion Giannis Antetokounmpo and Steph Curry rivaling his popularity. However, what has always separated James from the flock is his altruism.
Lebron James is opening up his own museum in Cleveland in 2023 pic.twitter.com/f50afh5Hmi
— 2Cool2Blog (@2cooI2blog) February 25, 2022
As an outspoken advocate for athletes’ rights, James has pushed the basketball culture forward and cemented its image as a players-first league. His Uninterrupted platform creates everything from short-form content and feature-length films to interactive experiences rooted in cultural narratives.
James has accomplished much in his professional athletic career, and now his hometown will stamp his achievements forever.
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