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NBA Players React to Opening of LeBron's I Promise School in Akron

NBA Players React to Opening of LeBron's I Promise School in Akron

He spoke about the school for the first half of the interview.

After all, its his school.

After spending Monday opening his new, I Promise school, James answered questions about the new steps in his life as a world-class athlete with the Lakers.

The 33-year-old, who recently moved from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Los Angeles Lakers on a four-year contract worth $154m (£116m), hopes the school will help kids who are falling behind in education and struggling at home.

Just a kid from Akron. "I know the ups the downs. I feel like they know what's best for the team and I wanted to be a piece to continue that motion of being back to a championship franchise where they should be". "I know all the nightmares they have, because Ive been there". He and his mom, Gloria, changed houses constantly. There was little money and less structure. It has both a longer school day and a longer school year, there will be over 40 staff members, and students that complete the school's program (which has already been ongoing) will get tuition provided by James at the University of Akron, beginning in 2021. "I am happy to be a part of the culture and us getting back to that point".

His past is shaping the future for others.

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James and his foundation set up the school to benefit children, who don't have good opportunities at early junctures of their lives, teaming up with with Akron Public Schools in order to conceive and create an elementary school to support at-risk children.

The school is well equipped and has 12 teachers and 43 academic staff and over 120 students enrolled.

The school will also keep the students until 5 p.m. each day.

It was an emotional day for James, who also made his first comments since signing the $154 million deal with the Lakers - a move still causing tremors across in the National Basketball Association.

Its cutting-edge, daring and potentially a template for inner-city schools around the country. I'm so unbelievably proud and excited to see my kids, my home and the 330 tomorrow.

"I did my due diligence after the season on the pros and cons on a lot of different teams, including the Cavs and including Philadelphia, including Houston and Los Angeles", James said. "Like half the battle is the kids just having someone that they are like, ‘Oh, this guy believes in us".