Lakers’ LeBron James surprises teens in New York, giving them free bicycle access for a year

first_img How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed James has been an avid biker as an adult, but has tailed off since moving from Miami where he could often be spotted biking to American Airlines Arena for games. When he played in Cleveland for his second stint, his commute from Akron was a non-starter for biking. Los Angeles hasn’t given him much more opportunity, he said.“I got a few bikes in my house,” he said. “I haven’t got out as much as I would like to, but yeah, every now and then.”James swung through on an off-day in New York ahead of back-to-back games against the Knicks on Wednesday and the Nets on Thursday. He stayed only minutes, but took pictures with the group of kids and slapped a few hands. He also narrated a promo video for the campaign.When the opportunity was brought up to him, James said he would “absolutely” come to see the teenagers.“Guys use the word ‘humbling’ a lot, but it is humbling to know I can be able to go in other cities and be able to make an impact on kids’ lives,” he said. “They are the future, so for me to be able to just get some inspiration, for me to be able to get a little bit of my backstory, but also be able to gift something I believe that’s gonna work well for them for the rest of their lives is a pretty cool thing.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersJames announced a partnership between the YMCA, Lyft and his media company Uninterrupted to bring bicycle access to young people across the country: It started in New York, where 50 audience members learned that James, a surprise guest, was partnering to give them a free yearlong membership to New York’s Citi Bike program – founded on the idea that a bike can give the freedom of transportation to kids who otherwise can’t get it.James knows that well: As a kid growing up in Akron, a bike represented a practical way to get to school and basketball practice, but also gave him “a breath of fresh air.” Bikes have been a part of his charitable efforts for years, including annual bike-a-thons and giving bikes to students at his I Promise School in Akron.Said James: “It’s a segue to be able to do so many things that can also carry you for the rest of your life.”The program will select 16- to-20-year-olds identified by YMCA who qualify for assistance programs to get yearlong memberships to city bike programs operated by Lyft. Aside from New York, there are plans to unroll similar programs in Chicago and the Bay Area.The 50 teenagers in attendance Tuesday also received backpacks with a bike helmet, an audio speaker and knitted hats and T-shirts. Related Articlescenter_img NEW YORK — The words “LeBron James” on a screen sent a room full of Harlem teenagers abuzz.One minute later, James ducked into the gym through a small door, and the buzz turned into full-pitched screams. That’s the kind of reception James often gets when he walks into a room, but he still hasn’t lost an appreciation for that feeling, which he called “humbling” and “chilling.”On Tuesday afternoon, however, he was more focused less on how he made them feel and more about how he could get them to where they’re going next. Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img