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LeBron James hits the gym after ‘I Promise School’ opening

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Earlier this week, Los Angeles Lakers All-Star LeBron James opened his I Promise school in Akron, Ohio. Just a few days later, the King decided to pay a visit to his alma mater, St. Vincent-St. Mary, for a reminiscent workout session.

“Nothing like being inside the place where it all started putting in work!” James wrote in an Instagram post. “Felt as great as anything could feel. Love what St.V did for me while I attended and in return i just try to make you proud! #irishpride #striveforgreatness p.s. Of course my guy @mikemancias1 is always by my hip on alert! Yes sir brother!!”

James, now 33 years of age, has come a long way since high school, but he still holds a special place in his heart for SVSM. In fact, the former No. 1 overall pick tries to give back to the school as much as possible. All in all, he’s given roughly $2 million to the school for various upgrades and renovations.

Via Bob Jones of news5cleveland.com:

“Patty Burdon, a liaison between the school and the LeBron James Family Foundation, estimates James have given more than $2 million to the school over the years. The donations include $1 million to renovate the gymnasium, about $250,000 to buy new uniforms for all athletes and band members, and a recent $100,000 check for the school to use at it chooses.”

In 2013, James surprised the football team at STVM with a brand new set of Nike uniforms.

James’ affinity for STVM is evident, but he also supports other schools in the Akron area. Just take 2015 for example, when he dished out new kits for the football players at neighboring Kenmore High School.

Home is where the heart is, as they say. And for James, Akron will always be just that.