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LeBron James keeps his promise, unveils new football uniforms at his alma mater

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LeBron James has vowed to never forget where he's come from and keeps true to his word.

In case you haven't received the memo, LeBron James is from Akron, Ohio, his alma mater is St. Vincent-St. Mary High School and he has vowed to never forget where he has come from.

Last September, the Miami Heat superstar made a promise to outfit all athletic teams at his former high school with new Nike uniforms and on Saturday, he kept true to his word.

During an event for the LeBron James Family Foundation's "I Promise" campaign, James took part in a fashion show to unveil the new Nike uniforms he's donated. Emerging through a cloud of smoke, James donned a redesigned version of the Fighting Irish's football uniform he once wore in high school, sporting an all-black jersey with the no. 9 and a matte black helmet.

James shared the new unis via Instagram:

While the school's football program tweeted the following photo thanking James to which he replied, "You guys are so welcome! Well deserved."

"It is awesome, man, to be able to go back,'' James said. "I didn't have a college. This is my college atmosphere. I have fun with all kids, and to be in a position to give back, it means everything.''

Uniforms aren't his only donation to his former high school, earlier this year he pledged a $1 million renovation of the school's gymnasium which is still underway.

Many close to James believe he's maturing as a philanthropist. However, James doesn't quite look at it that way as he told, "I don't really put a title on it," James said. "I do it because I have a passion. I do it because I want to do it. It's not because someone came to me and said, ‘You should do this because you owe it to them.' It's something that was instilled in me to give back. This is my city, there's 190,000 of us. For me to be one of the few to make it, it wasn't hard at all."

Click here for more photos from the LeBron James Family Foundation's charitable events this weekend

Photos courtesy of LeBron James Family Foundation

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