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NBA stars compliment LeBron James on opening public school in hometown

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LeBron James (NBA Getty Images)

A move to Los Angeles won't prevent LeBron James from making a difference in his hometown.

On Monday, the 14-time All-Star opened the "I Promise School" in Akron, Ohio. Created through a partnership between the LeBron James Family Foundation and the Akron Public Schools, the school welcomed 240 at-risk third and fourth-grade students on its first day, providing them all with free tuition, uniforms, transportation, food and so much more.

Having grown up in Akron, LeBron said he built the school because he knows "exactly what these 240 kids are going through."

"I know the streets they walk," he continued. "I know the trials and tribulations that they go through. I know the ups, the downs. I know everything that they dream about. I know all the nightmares that they have because I've been there. I know exactly what they're going through. They're the reason why this school is here today."

On Sunday night, LeBron called the opening of the school one of the greatest moments of his life - if not the greatest. He received a lot of support from his peers the next day, with the likes of Stephen Curry, Chris Paul and Dwyane Wade taking to social media to complement him on using his platform to help those in need.

LeBron isn't done, either. According to the LeBron James Family Foundation, the I Promise Institute is scheduled to open in September for "his future Promise Prospects at the University of Akron."

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