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Trump uses sports 'to divide,' LeBron James said. He makes an excellent point.

While discussing his newly opened school in Ohio, LeBron James voiced an interesting observation about the president.

Donald Trump intentionally uses sports to exploit our differences, the basketball star said. And that's something he just can't get behind.

"What I've noticed over the past few months," James told CNN, "is [that Trump's] kind of using sports to kind of divide us."


He explained to Don Lemon that he believes Trump is politicizing athletics for personal gain and targeting athletes of color, like Colin Kaepernick and Steph Curry, who use their platforms to speak out.

"That's something that I can't relate to," James said of Trump's divisiveness, "because I know sports was the first time I was ever around someone white."

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He continued:

"I got an opportunity to see them and learn about them, and they got the opportunity to learn about me, and we became very good friends. And I was like, 'Oh wow, this is all because of sports.' Sports has never been something that divides people, it's always been something that brings [people] together."

One way sports have helped James bring people together is through the I Promise School, an ambitious new project benefiting the kids in his hometown of Akron, Ohio.

This brand-new, certified-STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) public elementary school created by the LeBron James Family Foundation is far from the typical academic institution.

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Teaming up with Akron Public Schools, I Promise serves at-risk kids who were randomly selected from a pool of local students who'd fallen behind their reading level. I Promise implements longer school days to help kids academically, offering a variety of extracurriculars — like art, gym, and music — on top of more standard courses, like math, science, and reading.

Right now, about 240 kids in third and fourth grade are enrolled, James told CNN. But by 2022, the school will be open to first to eighth graders.

That's not all, though.

A collection of James' old shoes line the wall at I Promise. Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images.

I Promise benefits not just its students, but their families, too.

The school offers a food bank to make sure students — and their parents and siblings — are well-fed. Its job placement and GED programs help parents find work and get an education themselves.

"We are letting people know that it is about true wraparound support," Principal Brandi Davis told the Los Angeles Times. "True family integration, true compassion."

Each student gets a bike, too — a nod to James' own upbringing, when he used a bike to pass through dangerous neighborhoods quickly. "I wanted to keep it as consistent and as authentic to when I was a kid," James said.

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To make sure teachers are well-equipped, staff can access psychological training to help kids struggling with stress outside the classroom. And every Wednesday, they can take part in career development services as well.

Not every student at I Promise will be an athlete, of course — but that's hardly the expectation, according to James.

He just hopes every kid will "come away with something" and know the world has a place for them in it.

"For kids, in general, all they want to know is that someone cares," James said. "And when they walk through that door, I hope they know that someone cares."

Be it on the basketball court or in the classroom, James is living proof that sports can be a catalyst that brings communities together — not used as a political talking point intended to divide.

I Promise could teach the president a thing or two, it seems.

Watch James' full interview with Lemon below:

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Pennsylvania home is the entrance to a cave that’s been closed for 70 years

You can only access the cave from the basement of the home and it’s open for business.

This Pennsylvania home is the entrance to a cave.

Have you ever seen something in a movie or online and thought, "That's totally fake," only to find out it's absolutely a real thing? That's sort of how this house in Pennsylvania comes across. It just seems too fantastical to be real, and yet somehow it actually exists.

The home sits between Greencastle and Mercersburg, Pennsylvania, and houses a pretty unique public secret. There's a cave in the basement. Not a man cave or a basement that makes you feel like you're in a cave, but an actual cave that you can't get to unless you go through the house.

Turns out the cave was discovered in the 1830s on the land of John Coffey, according to Uncovering PA, but the story of how it was found is unclear. People would climb down into the cave to explore occasionally until the land was leased about 100 years later and a small structure was built over the cave opening.

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A growing number of people are reevaluating traditional relationships and entering lifestyles that work for them instead of trying to fit into preexisting roles. It makes sense because the more lifestyle options that are available, the greater chance we have to be happy.

A recent trend in unconventional relationships is married couples "living apart together," or LATs as they are known among mental health professionals.

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Professional tidier Marie Kondo says she's 'kind of given up' after having three kids

Hearing Kondo say, 'My home is messy,' is sparking joy for moms everywhere.

Marie Kondo playing with her daughters.

Marie Kondo's book, "The Life-Changing Art of Tidying Up," has repeatedly made huge waves around the world since it came out in 2010. From eliminating anything that didn't "spark joy" from your house to folding clothes into tiny rectangles and storing them vertically, the KonMari method of maintaining an organized home hit the mark for millions of people. The success of her book even led to two Netflix series.

It also sparked backlash from parents who insisted that keeping a tidy home with children was not so simple. It's one thing to get rid of an old sweater that no longer brings you joy. It's entirely another to toss an old, empty cereal box that sparks zero joy for you, but that your 2-year-old is inexplicably attached to.

To be fair, Kondo never forced her way into anyone's home and made them organize it her way. But also to be fair, she didn't have kids when she wrote her best-selling book on keeping a tidy home. The reality is that keeping a home organized and tidy with children living in it is a whole other ballgame, as Kondo has discovered now that she has three kids of her own.

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YouTube star MrBeast sponsors 1,000 people's cataract surgery to help them see again

"I had never heard of MrBeast so I almost hung up. But gratefully did not hang up."

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Blindness touches people's lives around the world and YouTube star Jimmy Donaldson, more popularly known as MrBeast, is trying to do something about it. Donaldson made it his mission to help 1,000 people regain their eyesight with the help of Dr. Jeff Levenson, an ophthalmologist and surgeon in Jacksonville, Florida.

Levenson has been operating a program called "Gift of Sight" for over 20 years. The program provides free cataract surgery to uninsured people who are legally blind for free, so long as they meet certain criteria. Levenson had never heard of Donaldson, and he almost hung up on him when the YouTube star called to ask about a partnership.

"I had never heard of MrBeast so I almost hung up. But gratefully did not hang up," Levenson told CNN.

After figuring out that Donaldson was indeed a real person who wanted to help others, the duo called around the Jacksonville area to determine the people who needed help the most. They got their list of clients from free clinics and homeless shelters, which covered the United States portion of the surgeries.

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Tennis isn't always the most entertaining sport to watch, especially if you're not particularly interested in seeing a ball get slapped across a net at 1,000,000 mph approximately 17,000 times. You could probably get whiplash or eye strain if you focused too hard on it. While some people love the sport, others need a little more than grunts and sneaker sounds to capture their attention.

If you're in the group of people who need to be entertained, look no further than Gaël Monfils, a professional French tennis player that has earned the nickname, "The Entertainer." Monfils turned pro in 2004 and has multiple championship matches under his belt, and yet he still takes the time to be...extra while playing.

In a compilation video uploaded to TikTok, we see the 36-year-old tennis player dancing after hitting the ball across the net just out of his opponent's reach. But of course, he also doesn't hit the ball like your average player, either. In one part of the video, Monfils jumps up extremely high and bicycle kicks as he hits the ball with his tongue hanging out of his mouth.

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