October 01, 2014

CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James is hoping to motivate kids by telling his own inspiring story.

The NBA superstar is co-producing a half-hour TV series called ''Becoming,'' which will showcase the journeys of some of today's top athletes. The pilot focuses on James, his struggles growing up in a single-parent home in Akron, Ohio and his rise to become one of the world's best basketball players.

The show premieres Oct. 26 on Disney XD. It's co-produced by Springhill Productions, James' company operated by close friend and business partner Maverick Carter, and ESPN Films.

James says he was inspired as a kid by Michael Jordan, Deion Sanders and Allen Iverson.

''Sports and athletes were my inspiration growing up,'' he said. ''When I learned that they had some of the same struggles and challenges I did, it made everything seem possible. That's what `Becoming' is all about.''

James, who re-signed with the Cavaliers this summer, has always had a strong connection with kids, a bond that's grown as he became a father.

The pilot includes rarely-seen footage of James playing AAU basketball and at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School.

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