AKRON, Ohio — LeBron James hosted a huge event in his home town of Akron to celebrate Sunday’s victory by the Cavaliers over the Golden State Warriors.
The celebration for James was at Lock 3 in downtown Akron, but so many fans showed up, the city opened up Canal Park for even more fans to watch the event. Both venues were filled to capacity.
Most of the program was devoted to the LeBron James Family Foundation, which provides scholarships and educational support to students in Akron.
James walked onto the stage with his mother and was carrying the Larry O'Brien Trophy. A new banner was the king was also unveiled.
“It was 50-plus years that Cleveland drought was going on. The Cleveland drought from last championship was 50-some odd years ago. Guess what. It took a kid from Akron to end it," James said.
Cleveland, of course, was the site of a huge celebration for the Cavs on Wednesday.
It’s hard to count how many people lined the streets downtown, but estimates have the number at higher than one million.
The city was so packed, it delayed the parade as police had to work to clear the streets in order for cars to get through.