National Basketball Association star LeBron James won praise on Monday from an Ohio school district for his support of disadvantaged children in his hometown of Akron, after U.S. President Donald Trump attacked him in a weekend tweet questioning his intelligence.

The president lashed out at James after the three-time NBA champion was interviewed by CNN's Don Lemon largely to tout a public school in Akron, Ohio, that his foundation helped to open last week. During the interview James said sports was something that unites Americans but that Trump "used sport to kind of divide us," drawing the retaliatory tweet from the president.

The "I Promise" public school in Akron, which opened last week, will offer classes for "at-risk" students in the third and fourth grades and add first and second grades the following year, the foundation website said. The school will be finished by 2022 with first through eighth grades.