LeBron homecoming: Party will be fit for a king
AKRON, Ohio — The city of Akron is preparing for a welcome home party fit for a king.
The Akron RubberDucks confirmed on Tuesday that they are talking with the LeBron James Family Foundation about hosting a city-wide welcome home party for the Akron native when he finally settles in after announcing his return to Northeast Ohio.
The city of Akron has also started coordinating the planned festivities; although, the details and the date have yet to be decided.
Akron spokesperson Stephanie York told FOX 8 News she expects to begin those discussions in the next several days and that the timing will all revolve around LeBron James’ schedule.
So far, LeBron has kept his move back to Ohio from Miami, Florida relatively low-key, announcing his decision to reunite with the Cleveland Cavaliers in a humbling essay.
But in Akron and across the state of Ohio, the celebrations over his announcement began the instant the decision became official.
Fans in Cleveland and outside of LeBron’s Bath Twp. home began cheering the decision which has also been welcomed at places like the Summit Lake Community Center where LeBron played basketball as a child.
Most everyone there not only believes there should be a welcome home celebration but they also believe it should be a big one. “I think something larger would be more appropriate than something smaller,” said Christian Bates who played against LeBron at a different community center while they were growing up and now coaches a summer basketball camp.
“I know him as a person so he wouldn’t mind if it was something smaller but a larger thing to welcome him for making a decision to come back here and boost this area up,” said Bates.
Akron City Council on Monday discussed having a welcome home celebration after which they were treated to cupcakes celebrating LeBron James that are made by Lakisha Williams and sold in her Fairlawn bakery.
Half of the proceeds from the “Just a Kid from Akron” Cherry-Cold Cupcakes and the “Home Court Chocolate Chunk” cupcakes goes to the LeBron James Foundation.
Williams believes the celebration should a big one that shows LeBron how much he is appreciated.
“I think it’s showing appreciation. Honestly, he means so much for this community and again, for us, it’s as if he never left; so I want him to come back and feel like he is totally welcomed, you know, and I think just everyone needs to show support,” said Williams.
But not everyone believes bigger is better. Some believe it should be left up to LeBron and if he wants his return to be low-key then that is what he should get.
“It’s up to him really if he would like to have a party with his family and his friends,” said Nickya Williams, adding, “He should have one he loves, one with his family, his friends the ones that are close to him, where he grew up at.”