Cedar Point is dropping dimes to help support LeBron James during the NBA Finals and a bit beyond.
The Sandusky amusement park is celebrating the opening of its new water park Cedar Point Shores and supporting the LeBron James Family Foundation by donating a dime for everyone brave enough to ride the new Point Plummet attraction.
Riders climb six stories and get inside a chamber where there’s a countdown before the floor drops out to a water slide below.
For the first 100,000 riders, the park will donate 10 cents for each rider or $10,000 to the foundation that works to keep Akron kids in school and on a path toward a college degree.
When the 100,000-rider milestone is reached, Cedar Point plans to give the lucky person a four-pack of 2018 Cedar Point Platinum passes.
“As huge fans of Cedar Point and its Point Plummet slide, we are thrilled and honored to be the beneficiary of this amazing new attraction,” said Michele Campbell, executive director of the LeBron James Family Foundation. “As our I Promise program continues to expand, every resource is vital to the long-term impact we are working to have on our students and their families.
“We are so grateful to have a partner like Cedar Point that understands and supports that mission and we appreciate every single rider that enjoys Point Plummet and supports our kids.”
Cedar Point General Manager Jason McClure said the relationship the park has with James is a special one from raising money for the foundation by selling special tickets for early access to its latest attraction to hosting Akron kids and their families for a day of fun in the park in August.
“We’re excited to be able to do this [fundraiser] this summer,” he said.
The park hosted 23 teen ambassadors from the foundation on Thursday to open the 18-acre water park adjacent to the amusement park with some 17 slides and attractions.
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