LeBron James opens school for underprivileged children

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James called the opening of the school a "huge moment", for all involved - the kids, the foundation, the city of Akron, and himself.

The LeBron James Family Foundation now serves more than 1,300 students with various programs, support, and mentors throughout the Akron area.

Every student will get a bicycle because bicycles helped James get away from the more unsafe parts of his community while growing up.

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All the students attending the I Promise School are under-performing in reading, math and other essential academic areas. "And for it all to come to fruition at this point, I think timing is everything".

This statement was made in conjunction with the opening of his I Promise school in his hometown of Akron, Ohio through the LeBron James Family Foundation. Meals will be provided for the students, and school hours will be from 9 a.m.to 5 p.m., according to ESPN. Once his eighth straight appearance in the Finals ended with a sweep against Golden State, James met with his family and agent before agreeing with the Lakers on the first day.

Downtown Akron's Summitt Cycling Center and the Bike Kitchen also has an arrangement with the I Promise School for students to bring their bikes there to be fixed and maintained. "For kids, in general, all they want to know is that someone cares".

"They always use it to say "Ok, this is even more motivation, this is even more a way for me to be even more powerful". I know the trials and tribulations they go through. I know everything they dream about. "But hopefully I can sit there one day and watch my jersey go up into the rafters, that's for sure".

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