Cleveland Browns TJ Carrie inspired by LeBron James' I Promise School

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The school LeBron James helped build aims to let students from impoverished families learn for free. In 1993, the Walker family took James in and encouraged him to focus on his education at a city school in Akron. "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".

"OK, LeBron's doing this, we're not on his level, but the level that we're on, what can we do to achieve and make a huge difference within the community out here?"

"We want every kid that walks through this school to be inspired, to come ... away with something, something where they can give back", said James, who poured millions from his own pocket into the project.

All the students attending the I Promise School are under-performing in reading, math and other essential academic areas.

A little more than a month following his signing a four-year, $153 deal with Los Angeles, NBA superstar LeBron James on Sunday finally broke his silence on why he chose the Lakers over several teams, including his former team the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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LeBron recently spoke about the sneaker auction, and surprised a classroom full of students, while giving a tour of the school. I rode the same bikes on the streets that they ride on. "People always ask me, why a school?" This year, the school will start with third and fourth grade classes only, and next year the school will add first and second grade.

"If we look at some of the greatest leaders of our time, you look at, you know, Muhammad Ali, you look at Dr. Martin Luther King, and all the adversity they went through", he told Lemon.

"It's kind of bittersweet timing, because on this hand I have a brand new school that's opening and I want to be there on a day-to-day basis, you know", James said. "And the parents can go to the family resource center and get the supports that they need in order to provide the best possible environment for their children".

James continues to be an example for all professional athletes.

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