LeBron James is at the peak of popularity after bringing a championship to his home state. But that is not the only way James has given back to Ohio. Just earlier this week, James paid for 5,000 kids from his native Akron, OH and their families to spend a day at Cedar Point Amusement Park. 

This is the second annual trip through James’ “I Promise” initiative with Chase Bank. The children selected to attend come from the network of James’ non-profit and mentorship organizations, according to the Akron Beacon Journal. As James is an advocate for fostering the future, the organization also offers scholarships to local children who excel in school to go to college for free.

“It’s an honor to work with a wonderful, dedicated group of people who provide so much to Northeast Ohio—and we’re happy to provide a ‘Best Day’ experience for their program families here at the park,” a Ceder Point representative told TMZ.

James appears to truly have his eyes towards the future—both the community’s and his own.  Despite being in the middle of what many presume will be a lengthy career, the NBA champion recently admitted that he has dreams of one day owning an NBA franchise, according to Bleacher Report.

“I feel like my brain, as far as the game of basketball, is unique. I would love to continue to give my knowledge to the game,” he said. “I would love to be a part of a franchise—if not at the top…My dream is to actually own a team. I don’t need to [be] fully hands-on. If I’m fortunate enough to own a team, then I’m going to hire the best GM and president that I can.”

Hopefully, if James achieves his dream, whichever franchise he owns will cater to the local community and have many events like the one he held at Cedar Point.

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