The LeBron James Family Foundation is opening the first museum that tells the story of the iconic basketball player’s life and career. Named LeBron James’ Home Court, the foundation describes the installation as a “multimedia storytelling experience that offers a look at LeBron’s life with never-before-seen items along his journey from Akron to the NBA, Olympics, business, philanthropy and beyond.”
Per a press release, the museum opens on Nov. 25 at House Three Thirty in Akron, Ohio. The experience begins with a recreation of James’ childhood apartment curated by his mother, Gloria. It continues through the unforgettable Fab Five years at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School, the 2003 NBA Draft and James’ championship-winning stints in Cleveland, Miami and Los Angeles, in addition to highlighting his time in the Olympics. Visitors can expect to relive James’ industry-shaking moments within and outside basketball.
The self-guided tour ends with a deep dive into the LeBron James Family Foundation’s evolution from a bikeathon to a significant organization impacting real, long-lasting change.
“My dream was always to put Akron on the map, so to have a place in my hometown that allows me to share my journey with my fans from all over the world means a lot to me,” James said of his motivation to create a museum about his life and career. “I’ve been known to hang on to a lot of things over the years, and I always knew there would be a time and place to bring them out. I’m so proud that place is House Three Thirty, a space my Foundation created to serve my I Promise families and the entire community.”
Visitors will view James’ most notable items from his collection, including his all-white 2003 NBA Draft suit, 3-1 drum set, his high school McDonald’s All-American jersey and the original TV from his Spring Hill apartment where he grew up. The St.Vincent-St. Mary portion of the experience includes the original rim and backboard James played on at the high school.
In celebration of the museum’s opening weekend, original paintings of Dirk Rozich’s LeBron art, featured inside the museum’s entryway, will be available inside House Three Thirty’s Retail Shop. Reproductions of the pieces will also be available for purchase.
General admission tickets cost $23 and are available for pre-sale. All proceeds go to House Three Thirty’s innovative job training program that helps I Promise students, parents, educators and family members learn new skills and find employment opportunities.
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