AKRON, Ohio – A race car designed to showcase the LeBron James Family Foundationtrained by Chris Buescher, NASCAR driver of Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing, will debut in August at Michigan International Speedway for the NASCAR Cup Series race.
Buescher’s No. 17 Ford Mustang will be decked out in the foundation’s green and gold colors and will feature the foundation’s iconic crown logo. The racing car will display the words “I promise” in large block letters, and the phrase “is Akronwhere James grew up and started the school and the I Promise program.
Printed on the rear of the vehicle will be “We Are Family”, representing the primary philosophy of the foundation.
Since its inception, the foundation has entered into a series of partnerships with organizations that provide educational and wholesome services and experiences to I Promise students and families, as well as the Akron community.
The new partnership with RFK Race will expose I Promise students and families to exciting new possibilities, LJFF Executive Director Michele Campbell said in a statement.
“To see our foundation represented alongside one of NASCAR’s most iconic racing teams shows our kids in Akron that anything is possible and nothing is beyond their reach,” Campbell said.
The partnership with RFK Racing stems from James’ minority stake in Fenway Sports Groupwhich is a parent company of RFK Racing, the foundation said.
Having a race car representing the foundation on the NASCAR track can connect I Promise students to the sport of motor racing, said Fenway Sports Group President Tom Werner.
“We hope this special relationship with RFK Racing will provide these talented students with an understanding of all the opportunities available to them as they envision their bright future,” said Werner.
The foundations Program I promise launched in 2011, with the I promise school opening in 2018 as part of the Akron Public Schools District.
The school uses specialized programming to promote social-emotional learning and focuses on both academics and character building while providing students and their families with a list of support services.
Since the school opened, the foundation has launched several other facilities that align with the “We Are Family” philosophy of the I Promise program.
House Three Thirty, a multi-use complex that opened this year, plans to expand the programming of the I Promise program and provide opportunities and entertainment for the community. The exterior of House Three Thirty is just two blocks from I Promise School, which is near downtown Akron.
The facilities are close to I promise Villagewhich provides transitional housing to I Promise families experiencing homelessness.
All graduate students of the I Promise School are eligible for the Zips Promise Scholarship, which will cover tuition, room, and board for up to four years of study at the University of Akron. To win the scholarship, students must meet academic goals and community service requirements.
In June, the foundation announced its I promise HealthQuartersscheduled to open in 2023, which is a primary care health center housing a range of services for I Promise students and families, and the Akron community.