AKRON, Ohio (AP) - NBA star LeBron James has kicked off another school year in his hometown of Akron with his foundation's second annual ``I Promise Family Reunion.''
The LeBron James Family Foundation event has evolved from a bike giveaway to an education initiative that includes nearly 700 students.
At his alma mater St. Vincent-St. Mary High School on Saturday, James welcomed a new class of third graders to the program. The students are required to complete a two-week camp over their summer vacation and then they become eligible to for new bike, helmet, a school uniform and backpack tags.
James told the crowd that it's important for children to know how important they are to the future and that their dreams can become a reality.
James also outfitted the high school's fall sports teams with new Nike uniforms and is building a new gymnasium that's scheduled to be completed in the fall.
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