LeBron James has mixed emotions about his decision to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers for a second time in his legendary National Basketball Association career.
Flabbergasted is the right reaction, because the school is incredible. The I Promise School has a longer school day and longer school year.
There are only a handful of people in the world who could even come close to understanding what it is like to be the son of LeBron James, and Shareef O'Neal is one of them.
The school, the I Promise School, was launched in coordination with Akron Public Schools.
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"I'm sitting there and I'm watching the game, and I feel my hands just start sweating, I feel my chest start sweating", James said. James' life was turned around between fourth and fifth grade, when he had flawless attendance, thanks to the intervention of Frank and Pam Walker.In 1993, the Walker family took James in and encouraged him to focus on his education at a city school in Akron. It was important for the foundation to help us and to look at something bigger. "Yeah, you got to have thick skin.' said Nance". "Basically, more than they know themselves". I've walked the same streets, I've rode the same bikes on the streets that they ride on. I went through the same emotions. And you look at the Lakers, being able to play for an historic franchise with so much history and being able to partner with Magic Johnson, someone I looked up to when I was younger. James added that The Shop was partly inspired by his experience as a kid listening to adults in barbershops "talk about sports, clothing, politics, music" and everything else. "I think timing is everything".
Every student will get a bicycle because bicycles helped James get away from the more unsafe parts of his community while growing up.
James is undeniably one of the greatest to ever grace the basketball court, and greatness comes with a price - especially for his teammates.