AKRON, Ohio - LeBron James and his two sons are getting their hands dirty in helping to rehab a house in the NBA star's Akron hometown.
James took the controls of a backhoe Monday to help fix up a crumbling house for the family of a sixth-grader in his Wheels for Education mentoring program.
His sons -- LeBron Jr. and Bryce -- pitched in to help remove the front steps, a retaining wall and some porch railings under the direction of reality TV show host Nicole Curtis. Work on the house will be featured later on Curtis' show "Rehab Addict" on the HGTV network.
Our news partners at the Akron Beacon Journal report that work on the house in the West Hill neighborhood began Sunday. Businesses donated materials and labor for the project.
Willie Smith, who lives across the street from the project, said he was impressed that James came to the neighborhood, but said the superstar seemed to struggle a bit with the Bobcat.
"He didn't know what he was doing," Smith chuckled.
Matthew Pittman, 14, knows the family that will benefit from the rehab and said they're very deserving.
"I think it's making their life a lot easier to get a better house because the inside of their house really wasn't that good. It needed reshaping anyway," Pittman said.
A section of Rhodes Avenue, where the project is taking place, was closed on Tuesday as workers moved dirt and continued to make repairs inside and outside of the home.
Tom Slocum, 69, walks the street daily and was happy to learn James was taking an active role in the construction.
"That's why I'm glad he's back because he's done so much for the community, so he can do it for Akron instead of Miami," Slocum said.
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