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Ellen presents LeBron with $100,000 check for Ohio school

Comedian Ellen DeGeneres presented NBA star LeBron James with a $100,000 check on her show Wednesday for his new "I Promise School" aimed at helping underprivileged students in his hometown of Akron, Ohio.

DeGeneres presented the donation from Walmart to James after he appeared on the show with actor Channing Tatum to promote their new film "Smallfoot" while competing in the show's "ridiculous dares" segment.

"Kids just want to know that you care," James told DeGeneres on the show while discussing his new school in Ohio. "Once they know that you care, then they will tap into their gift. That's what I'm just trying to do. Let the kids know that we care, that I care. Then we'll let them fly away."

"I walked the same streets as those kids," James added. "I had the same dreams. The same nightmares. The same upbringing as those kids, so I know everything that they're going through." 

President Trump jabbed the Los Angeles Lakers player last month on Twitter and questioned his intelligence, prompting backlash and statements of support for the player.

"Lebron James was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, Don Lemon. He made Lebron look smart, which isn't easy to do," Trump tweeted after James was interviewed by CNN host Don Lemon.

In the CNN interview, James criticized Trump, saying he was "kind of trying to divide us" with sports.

Michael Jordan was among those who voiced support for James after Trump's jab, saying the NBA star is "doing an amazing job for his community."

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