LeBron James Celebrates Opening Of 'I Promise School' For Ohio Youth

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LeBron James got a mass dap-up during the grand opening of I Promise, his new STEM-focused school for at-risk students in Akron, Ohio. Sometimes you think about a kid being in the third grade at that age, between 8 and 7 years old; in the fourth grade having responsibility or having stress - no kid at 8, 9 should have stress.

"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.

"I know these kids, basically, better than they know themselves", says James in a personal statement on his multimedia platform UNINTERRUPTED on both the school and joining the Lakers.

Monday was a big day for LeBron James. With regard to the gross earnings for the 2017 basketball player had won with 85.5 million in USA currency and takes the sixth place in the ranking of the highest paid athletes in the world. "It sets precedents for what we should do as athletes on how we are a role model to a lot of kids that we may not know, that we may not see but that know us".

James has arranged for students who complete the program to receive free tuition to the University of Akron starting in 2021.

James was to be at the school Monday to welcome students and make his first public comments since deciding to join the Lakers.

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LeBron James is inspiring more than just kids with his school in Akron.

James has played in 1,143 career regular season games for the Cavaliers and Heat, averaging 27.2 points, 7.4 rebounds, 7.2 assists.

The school is an accelerated program, according to ESPN's Brian Windhorst.

"We just want everything for them". First and second grades will be added in the next school year.

With a crowd of roughly 2,000 gathered in front of the impressive brick school that's not far from his alma mater, St. Vincent-St. The corresponding pair will be sold by Upper Deck and proceeds will help fund the school and the foundation. Students will be stocked with school supplies, and teachers will have the tools they need, including a faculty lounge stocked with snacks and beverages and access to workout trainers.

The walls of the school are lined with photos of James and children at foundation events.