LeBron James Opens I Promise School For Akron's At-Risk Kids

Lakers' Le Bron James at NBA Summer League

This was something a fair bit bigger than basketball.

The lobby of the I Promise School is also filled with 114 pairs of LeBron's game-worn Nike sneakers, all of which will be auctioned off with proceeds going back to the LeBron James Family Foundation.

The I Promise School is the culmination of almost a decade of work by the foundation, with its focus on educating children from challenging backgrounds who need and desire additional educational support. All students were provided with a bike courtesy of the LeBron James Family Foundation.

In addition to the school, James has also created a program for the parents of the at-risk children to get their high school education and has planned an institute to help prepare high-school-age students for college.

"He wanted to come to L.A.", the player told ESPN. He started off with a moving speech about how connected he feels to Akron, and why he chose to focus on opening a school to begin with.

"So we look forward to all the challenges".

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James will be in attendance for the opening and he will have his first news conference as a Laker on Monday.

- I PROMISE School (@IPROMISESchool) July 30, 2018Our #IPROMISE School Staff are gathering all around the school to greet @KingJames kids as they arrive for the 1️⃣st day at 9am!

"We are in a position right now in America more importantly where this whole race thing is taking over".

"I think every athlete has a passion on how they want to give back and they choose to use that passion and give back in that nature", Carrie said. "I walked the same streets". I went through the same emotions. "No matter the good and the bad, you always want to be around that support system. Everything these kids are going through, the drugs, the violence, the guns, everything they're going through as kids, I know".

"You look at the Lakers", said James.

James has previously shared that his life was turned around between fourth and fifth grades, thanks to the intervention of Frank and Pam Walker. "And you look at the Lakers, being able to play for a historic franchise with so much history and being able to partner with Magic Johnson, someone I looked up to when I was younger".

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