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LeBron James' Sneakers Cover the Walls of His I Promise School

LeBron James' Sneakers Cover the Walls of His I Promise School

After spending Monday opening his new, I Promise school, James answered questions about the new steps in his life as a world-class athlete with the Lakers. All students were provided with a bike courtesy of the LeBron James Family Foundation.

Perhaps most impressively, students who are in the I Promise program and meet set criteria when they graduate from high school, are guaranteed a four-year scholarship to the University of Akron.

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"I think first of all, fueling the body keeps the mind sharp", LeBron James told ESPN.

"We want every kid that walks through this school to be inspired, to come ... away with something, something where they can give back", James said.

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The "I Promise School" is the culmination of almost a decade of work by James' foundation, with its focus on educating children from challenging situations or backgrounds.

James sat down with CNN's Don Lemon on Monday for his first public interview since he signed with the Los Angeles Lakers in free agency earlier this month.

"As a kid from Akron, Ohio myself, I remember walking these streets", he stated during his speech. When people ask me why a school?

"They always going to let you know that you are the n-word no matter who you are", he said. I went through the same emotions. Because I know exactly what these 240 kids are going through. I know the ups, the downs, everything that they dream about.

"Looking at reading data, we identified students who were a year, two years behind in reading", said Keith Liechty, the Akron Public Schools" liaison to James' foundation. "But hopefully I can sit there one day and watch my jersey go up into the rafters, that's for sure".

In a video he released Sunday on his "Uninterrupted" Facebook page, James spoke about the connection he feels to the children of northeast OH, and the pride he feels in opening this school.