AKRON, Ohio — The first families to move into the LeBron James Family Foundation’s new I PROMISE Village celebrated their first Tuesday in their new home with a meal inspired by a LeBron James tradition – a taco dinner with all the fixings.
Those who follow the superstar athlete on social media know of his love of Taco Tuesday.
And going forward, Taco Tuesday meals will be provided every week for I PROMISE School students and their families living at the Village apartment building, courtesy of Old El Paso foods.
It’s all part of a new partnership announced today between the foundation and Old El Paso that will draw on the popularity of LeBron’s Tuesday ritual by inviting families across the country to do likewise, and come together regularly for a family meal and meaningful conversation.
The James’ family’s personal chef, Dena Marino, even pitched in for the inaugural meal, leading a virtual cooking class for Village residents and sharing her favorite taco recipes.
The Village, a renovated apartment building that opened its doors last week, is located a few blocks from the I PROMISE School in Akron. Two families reside there so far but more will be moving in soon. The facility provides transitional housing to families participating in I PROMISE programs that face homelessness, domestic violence and other issues.
Old El Paso also announced today it will make a financial contribution to the I PROMISE program.
“The I PROMISE Village provides shelter, safety and support for families of I PROMISE School students and we’re excited to be a part of this incredible force for good,” said Ray Joncas, Director of Marketing for Old El Paso. “During challenging times, little things can make a big difference, and we hope our support of weekly taco meals gives these families something to smile about and brings them together for a fun night of the week.”