Cedar Point will not rename coaster after LeBron James


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SANDUSKY, Ohio -- Cedar Point fulfilled a promise to LeBron James, but it wasn't how Northeast Ohio expected.

Back in July, the park tweeted it would rename a roller coaster after the basketball star if he returned home to play with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

James is back in wine and gold, but you won't get to ride any "King James" coaster anytime soon.

Instead, Cedar Point and the LeBron James Family Foundation established a long-term partnership.

The announcement was made Tuesday.

“We are thrilled to have formed this partnership with LeBron and his foundation,” said Jason McClure, vice president and general manager for Cedar Point. “It’s great when two world-class organizations can come together for the benefit of kids, their education and their families.”

The park said the highlight of the partnership will take place next summer when Cedar Point hosts all of the kids who are actively involved in the foundation's "Wheels for Education" program and Akron I PROMISE Network for a day of fun with their families.

Cedar Point also said 100 percent of proceeds from next spring's first ride auction will benefit the LeBron James Family Foundation.

"The Foundation is extremely excited about this new partnership because it's a long-term commitment that will have benefits for our kids and their families for years to come," said Michele Campbell, Executive Director of the LeBron James Family Foundation. "One of the fundamental goals of the Wheels for Education program and the Akron I PROMISE Network is to provide our students with opportunities and experiences they might not otherwise have access to, and this partnership with Cedar Point does exactly that."

Click here for information on the LeBron James Family Foundation and its initiatives.





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