Return of ‘The King’: Fans, celebrities, children get royal treatment

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AKRON -- To the thousands of fans who came out to InfoCision Stadium in Akron to welcome home LeBron James,  the day was all about the basketball star.

To LeBron, the day was all about the kids.

The Cavs star spoke both before and during Friday night's huge celebration, as thousands of fans packed into the stadium.

The homecoming coincides with LeBron James' yearly 'I Promise, Wheels for Education' program that he puts on every year, usually at St. Vincent-St. Mary's, the school LeBron attended. But this time, there was more pomp and circumstance as the city welcomed home their son.

LeBron also answered questions about his future with the team, saying, "I'm going to have to teach and lead and inspire; my number one goal is to win a championship here."

Inside InfoCision Stadium, the celebration began with speakers like Drew Joyce, Cavs General Manager David Griffin, Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic and Austin Carr.

Then, after singer Skylar Grey performed "Coming Home," LeBron came out with his family, thanking everyone and reiterating that tonight is all about the kids.

What drove his decision to come back home? Simply put, LeBron said, "I'm going to do what makes my city and makes my state happy. That's why I came back. I love you. I'm back."

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