July 23, 2016

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New name for LeBron James’ bike-a-thon

AKRON — An old event with a familiar face attached to it has a new name.

The annual “King for Kids Bike-A-Thon” held by former Cavaliers star LeBron James is now being called “Wheels for Education.”

Sponsored by State Farm and part of the charity work done by the LeBron James Family Foundation, the event has partnered with Akron Public Schools to provide hundreds of children with the resources needed to achieve the highest academic success.

This year, 360 students will be provided with tools to help them stay in school, a press release from Wheels in Education said.

The program is a two-week educational camp offering reading intervention and technology classes to align students with current academic standards. Upon completion of the camp, students will receive an HP laptop, a Nike backpack filled with third-grade school supplies and a bike.

James, an Akron native who left the Cavs for the Miami Heat in July 2010, will be on hand Monday at the East Community Learning Center for an afternoon program to kick off the camp. Akron Mayor Donald Plusquellic will also attend. James is slated to talk with the media from 2:45 to 3 p.m.

The annual bike-a-thon in downtown Akron will be the morning of Aug. 13.

Contact Rick Noland at (330) 721-4061 or rnoland@medina-gazette.com.

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