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LeBron James Has A Message For Ohio After Leaving For The Lakers

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LeBron James left the state of Ohio for California in NBA free agency this summer, leaving the Cavs after four seasons to sign a four year, $153 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers.

James, though, will have roots in the state of Ohio forever, perhaps best exemplified by what he's doing in his hometown of Akron today.

The "I Promise School," a public school in Akron developed by LeBron's foundation, was unveiled today. The school is arguably LeBron's greatest accomplishment. He's going to help thousands of at-risk youths develop and, hopefully, make it to college.

LeBron spoke to the school's ceremony this afternoon, during which he had a message for the state of Ohio and Akron specifically.

"No matter if I’m playing in Los Angeles or not, Akron, Ohio will always be home to me," James told the crowd.

Here's another look at part of LeBron's speech:

LeBron had taken to Twitter on Sunday to speak about the school and what it means to him.

"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 when we open the #IPROMISE School. This skinny kid from Akron who missed 83 days of school in the 4th grade had big dreams for the kids in Akron to give them everything they could need to find their passion, give back to our community and change the world!! This school is that. The people are that. Akron is that. @LJFamFoundation we've always done it big and it doesn't get bigger than opening day tomorrow (until the next thing we dream of ) I'm so unbelievably proud and excited to see my kids, my home, and the 330 tomorrow. THANK YOU! Let's get it. Let’s go," he wrote.

ESPN had more details on the school, which will begin with only a couple of grades.

The I Promise School has a longer school day and longer school year. More than 40 staff members will attempt to accelerate the development of children who qualify for the program based on performance and socioeconomic factors.

For those who complete the program, which has been operating for years, James has arranged for free tuition to the University of Akron starting in 2021. He has also created a program for parents of the at-risk children to return to complete their high school educations and has planned an institute to help prepare high-school-age students for college.

Criticize LeBron all you want for whatever he does on the basketball court (although, these days, there's almost nothing to criticize) but there is absolutely nothing negative you can say about his off-the-court endeavors. His commitment to giving back is incredible.