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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.