What LeBron James had to say about his ground-breaking school

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By TOM WITHERS

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — LeBron James wore a tailored, slim-fitting, gray designer suit and black-rimmed glasses. He wanted to make a strong impression on the first day of school.

After all, it’s his school.

Hoping to inspire and provide support to kids facing the same problems he experienced during a rough childhood, James officially opened the I Promise School, a cutting-edge center built in a partnership with the NBA star’s family foundation and Akron City Schools.

As the Goodyear blimp soared over him, James reminded a crowd that included family, friends and fans who will now watch him play for the Los Angeles Lakers after four more mesmerizing seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers, that he’s one of them.

Just a kid from Akron.

“I know exactly what these 240 kids are going through,” he said, referring to the third- and fourth-graders who comprise the school’s first classes. “I know the ups the downs. I know everything they dream about. I know all the nightmares they have, because I’ve been there.”

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