A bike saved LeBron James - now he is giving them to all of the students in his new school | Bicycling.com

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Although he’s leaving Cleveland for Los Angeles, LeBron James has made yet another investment to his hometown of Akron, Ohio. The basketball superstar, in conjunction with the Akron school board, launched the I Promise School this week, a school designed for at-risk kids who are struggling in the classroom and at home.

And one of its core initiatives? Each of the 240 students will receive a bicycle and helmet.

This program isn’t the first time James has gifted bikes to young children. His foundation, The LeBron James Family Foundation, has made bikes a staple of its outreach program. And that’s largely in part because of what having a bike meant for James as a kid in Akron: It gave him an escape.

“LeBron’s bike gave him the mobility he needed to get to safe places after school like basketball courts and community centers,” Michele Campbell, executive director of the LeBron James Family Foundation told Bicycling by e-mail. “Those two wheels gave him access to opportunities and resources he couldn’t have gotten otherwise.”