While classes at LeBron James' I Promise School in Akron, Ohio are suspended, the school's doors will remain open to continue helping students during the coronavirus outbreak.
The LeBron James Family Foundation made the decision to keep the program's Family Resource Center open following Thursday's announcement from Ohio governor Mike DeWine that the state's public and private schools will close for at least three weeks, according to Mark Medina of USA Today.
"'We need to make that happen,'" James recently told Michele Campbell, the executive director of the LeBron James Family Foundation, who relayed that conversation to Medina. "'We need to do whatever we can to make that happen and make these services to stay open.'"
The resource center is open for any families in need of shelter, clothing, or medical care. The I Promise School has also partnered with Smuckers and the Akron Food Bank to provide care packages with food and other necessities to the families of its 1,443 enrolled students.
Campbell said James is "very involved with what's going on and obviously has a voice in that."
"He's not doing this work just because of what is happening," she said. "He's doing this work when he made this commitment to the I Promise program. This is a commitment for a lifetime."