How the sports world reacted to LeBron James building a school in his hometown

"This is one SUPERSTAR that gets it."

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NBA star and Akron native LeBron James poses during the LeBron James Family Foundation's Wheels for Education "Time to Promise" School Year event in 2012. James, who earlier this month ended his second stay with the Cleveland Cavaliers by signing a four-year contract with the Los Angeles Lakers, has opened a public school for challenged children in his hometown. –Karen Schiely/Akron Beacon Journal via AP

On Monday, the I Promise School opened its doors for the first time. Located just a few blocks down from where LeBron James became a high school sensation at St. Vincent-St. Mary’s, the new school is a joint venture between the Los Angeles Lakers star and Akron Public Schools.

The school will welcome 240 third- and fourth-graders this year, before expanding to grades 1-8 by 2022. In addition to the normal curriculum, I Promise will provide resources to students’ families and include an on-site food bank.

“The jitters before the first day of school are real right now!!! Tomorrow is going to be one of the greatest moments (if not the greatest) of my life,” James tweeted Sunday night.


Here’s how figures from around the sports world reacted to the 3-time NBA champion’s latest success: