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Legendary basketball player opened a school in his hometown

Legendary basketball player opened a school in his hometown

In a video post through his own company, Uninterrupted, via Twitter, James stated that the choice was something he long dreamed of and came to fruition at an ideal time of his career. "They're the reason why this school is here today".

"It's kinda insane right now because I've been sitting and thinking over the past few weeks, past couple months on what it means to open up a school and how excited I am about this possibility for me to be able to be in my hometown and be able to open up at school and to know who's going to benefit from it", James said in the video.

The I Promise School, which is part of the Akron Public Schools, opens Monday for 240 third- and fourth-graders. He started off with a moving speech about how connected he feels to Akron, and why he made a decision to focus on opening a school to begin with. "I remember our foundation having a bike-a-thon, and I never thought a five-mile bike ride would turn into a school".

"For kids, in general, all they want to know is that someone cares", James explained. I'm happy to be a part of it because I believe the Lakers are a historical franchise - we all know that - but it's a championship franchise.

"If we look at some of the greatest leaders of our time, you look at, you know, Muhammad Ali, you look at Dr. Martin Luther King, and all the adversity they went through", he told Lemon.

LeBron James'new school is much more than a school. Along with an opportunity at a proper education, students will also be treated to a special display when they first walk in that honors the school's founder in a very fitting way.

The four-time MVP shared his feelings Sunday, a day before the opening, in a series of tweets and called the event "one of the greatest moments" of his life.

"We are in a position right now in America more importantly where this whole race thing is taking over". "Everything and more. So it's going to mean a lot to me".

James continues to be an example for all professional athletes.

Each year until 2022, the school will add new grade levels.

Beyond the I Promise School having backing from James, it's unique in almost every sense.

Akron Public Schools sees the I Promise School as a "long-term investment" that will benefit not just the kids going to the school, but others within the district.


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