Tuesday, September 16, 2014

No "King James" Coaster for Cedar Point, After All

Cedar Point's infamous tweet about renaming one of their roller coasters "King James," and the debate over which coaster it would be, has been put to bed.  The park had said that if LeBron James came back to Ohio to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers (he did) they would do the rename, but today announced a "bigger and better" plan for the park to work with the NBA star and his charitable organization.

What that means, in short, is that no coaster is being renamed.  Many folks have probably let out a big sigh of relief over this!

In a media release today, Cedar Point announced a long-term association between the park and the James Family Foundation, which aims to improve the lives of children and young adults through education and co-curricular education activities.

"The highlight of this new 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 in the program's annual "I PROMISE Family Reunion" event. Additionally, next spring, Cedar Point will hold a first ride auction with 100% of the proceeds benefiting the LeBron James Family Foundation."

“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.”

Kudos to the park for taking the publicity over their proposed coaster rename and making plenty of good come out of it!

In other Cedar Point news, I saw a new gallery of construction shots posted of Hotel Breakers, which is receiving a full gutting for an internal makeover.  Check out the progress photos via PointBuzz.