It’s no secret that L.A. Lakers forward LeBron James is an icon, however, the three-time NBA champion can now add fashion icon to his status.
On Wednesday (Sept. 5), the Akron, OH. native LeBron James will be presented with a fashion award during a private event for New York Fashion Week by Harlem’s Fashion Row. According to sports reporter Brandon “Scoop B” Robinson, the event will include presentations by fashion designers Kimberly Goldson, Undra Celeste NY and Fe Noel as well as a dinner honoring King James, Harlem stylist Dapper Dan, Bethann Hardison, and stylist Jason Rembert.
Los Angeles Times reports that the event is titled “The Strongest,” and that James is both a presenter and an honoree.
LeBron has come a long way from his oversized white suit in the 2003 NBA draft. The three-time NBA champion has developed a reputation for tailored, pristine looks in the pregame tunnels, and he even equipped his Cleveland Cavalier teammates with dapper Thom Browne suits during their playoff run to the 2018 NBA Finals.
James, who just signed with the Los Angeles Lakers, recently opened his unprecedented I Promise School to help some of Akron’s most challenged students with education and support, it will provide educational, career and emotional support for parents.
“We are going to be that groundbreaking school that will be a nationally recognized model for urban and public school excellence,” I Promise principal and Akron native Brandi Davis said during a press conference. “We are letting people know it is about true wrap-around support, true family integration, and true compassion.”
The I Promise School, which is part of the Akron Public Schools, opened in August 2018 for 240 third- and fourth-graders. The school will expand year by year, going to second and fifth grades next year until it is grades 1-8 by 2022.
“Looking at reading data, we identified students who were a year, two years behind in reading,” said Keith Liechty, the Akron Public Schools’ liaison to James’ foundation. “From that, we had more than 120 kids. We had to put a cap on it so we could fit under one roof. We did a random selection of all students who met that criteria and got to make these awesome phone calls to parents and say, ‘How would you like to be part of something different, the I Promise School.”