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AKRON -- Fresh from his gold medal performance at the 2012 Olympics in London, LeBron James took in a baseball game in his hometown Sunday afternoon.
It was to kick off the start of a brand new school year for the Wheels for Education students.
James was joined by representatives of the LeBron James Family Foundation and Akron Public Schools.
The special event at the Akron Aeros game celebrated the WFE class of 2021 and their continued participation in the program and welcomed the brand new class of 2022.
The students had the opportunity to take part in on-field activities during the game, receive their new school year equipment including bikes and uniforms, and hear directly from LeBron as he encouraged them in their studies and to live active, healthy lifestyles.
"The Wheels for Education program is an expression of my experience in Akron and the strength of this community," said James.
"I was no different than the Wheels for Education kids who are in danger of dropping out of school. What these kids need are mentors, support, and a safety net that will always be there for them, and that's what we hope this program is for them."
A pillar program of the LeBron James Family Foundation, the Wheels for Education program now serves as an educational resource for 536 Akron Public School students.
Founded in 2011 in partnership with the Akron Public Schools, this groundbreaking initiative provides students with the programs, support and mentors they need for success in school.
"We are so proud and honored that our Akron After School program is partnering with Wheels for Education because it addresses a very serious need in the Akron community," said Desiree Bolden, manager of extended learning for Akron Public Schools.
"Today marks the one-year anniversary of Wheels for Education's launch, and while we are very proud of the success we've seen with the students already, we know there is still work to be done in order to combat the dropout crisis facing this community."
In addition to the Wheels for Education celebration, POWERADE partnered with LeBron to give 1,188 cases of special commemorative LeBron Olympics POWERADE to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Akron.
This donation came with a very important message to the kids to Power Through the obstacles and adversities that stand in the way of their success.
The LeBron James Family Foundation Founded in 2004, the LeBron James Family 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.