AKRON, OH (WOIO) - The King of disappointment returned to his native city Saturday for his annual Bikeathon through the city of Akron.
The crowd was seemingly pleased to see Cleveland's former MVP, LeBron James back in Ohio after being devastated on national television with his decision to take his talents to South Beach and play for the Miami Heat.
Wilbur DeShields tells 19 Action News he's still a LeBron fan because "he gives back to the community a lot...I don't think there will be anything negative towards him here in Akron where he's from."
During a five minute speech, LeBron thanked his hometown for their support and took the time to recognize those is Cleveland. "To the city of Cleveland, my fans in Cleveland, N.E. Ohio...I wanna say thank you for the last 7 years and the years in the future" said James.
The bikeathon kicked off at 8:00 a.m. Saturday with the arrival of the children who have been invited to participate, and who received a free bike and helmet.
This year, the city received 352 nominations to honor children from groups such as the Akron Public Schools, Metropolitan Housing, Akron Community Centers, the YMCA, the Urban League, the Boys & Girls Club, and other community organizations. Children are awarded the bikes on the basis of having displayed good character.
In addition, the Foundation presented another 48 bikes to children they will honor during the weekend. The Foundation also host additional events through the Bikeathon weekend for the benefit of Akron charities.
About The LeBron James Family Foundation:
Founded in 2004, the LeBron James Foundation empowers children and single-parent households through innovative programming and initiatives, strengthening the ties between family members and building hope through education, physical fitness and better health for those who are dealing with adversity.