”This is home for me. I love this place. I love Akron, Ohio, to death. Every day I wake up, I understand that I’m not only carrying myself as an individual, but I’m carrying the city. No matter where life may head me throughout my whole life, I’m never gone from here.” -Lebron
LeBron James, Akron’s favorite son, professed his love and commitment to the city of Akron as he accepted his NBA Most Valuable Player Award May 2 at James A. Rhodes Arena on The University of Akron campus.
But will he or won’t he remain a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers and stay in Northeast Ohio?
That question is not only on the minds of many Akronites and other Northeast Ohioans, but of basketball fans from all over the world. Will the NBA superstar stay with the Cavaliers or sign with another NBA team once he becomes a free agent on July 1?
James’ beloved city and its businesses, educational institutions and residents want to let him know how they feel about him. And they are throwing a big celebration to communicate it loud and clear.
Rise Up! Akron
InfoCision Management Corp., with its headquarters in Akron, and several local sponsors, including UA, the Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce, FirstEnergy Corp., FirstMerit Bank, Akron General Medical Center and GOJO Industries, among many others, is holding “LeBron Appreciation Day” on Saturday, June 19, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at InfoCision Stadium-Summa Field on UA’s campus.
The event, which is free and open to the public, is designed to show James how much he is appreciated by the city he grew up in and its citizens for everything he has done for Akron and Northeast Ohio.
The free Fan Fest and Rally begins at 10 a.m. at InfoCision Stadium, which will be bustling with family-friendly activities, food, music from local band Cold Blue Steel, the Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary High School Band and the Firestone High School Band, fun and games for the kids, contests and chances to enter drawings to win prize-packs from the Cavaliers, the University and other local businesses and organizations. The contests include No. 1 Fan and the best LeBron Look-a-like.
Legendary former Cavalier Campy Russell and Fred McLeod, the Cavaliers’ play-by-play announcer for Fox Sports Ohio, also will be on hand to sign autographs and participate in the rally and other festivities.
Check out this video of the Lebron Petition Car… sign the hood of the car for Lebron to stay in Cleveland!