National Basketball Association legend LeBron James opens new school for underprivileged students in hometown

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Admitted students were randomly selected from a pool of public school children with lower test scores.

The bikes are just part of the I Promise School initiative.

As part of the event, James is planning a news conference, at which he will publicly discuss for the first time his decision to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers. He wanted to make a strong impression on the first day of school.

"Everything that these kids are going through, the drugs, the violence, the guns, everything that they're going through as kids, I know", James said in a video posted on social media. I know everything they dream about.

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"I'll sit across from Barack, though!" he said. "Why not continue to do great things when you can help the youth".

As much as James is appreciated for his excellence on the court, his foundation will be his greatest lasting achievement - his life's work that is much more important than basketball.

"I think it's always been there".

The Los Angeles Lakers were the odds-on favorite to land James in free agency even before the NBA Finals, but that doesn't mean it was an easy decision for him.

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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. In 1993, the Walker family took James in and encouraged him to focus on his education at a city school in Akron. As kid, James, who attended Akron Public Schools for eight years, and his mom, Gloria James, had help from the community - people who looked after them and made sure they got what they needed.

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.

"Listen, I don't close the chapter on anything or close the book on anything", James said when asked if he would return to Cleveland to end his career. Mary, James walked to the stage on Monday accompanied by his mom, his wife, Savannah, and 3-year-old daughter, Zhuri.

"What my expectations are for the team, we don't have any right now", James said.

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