CLEVELAND, June 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --
Director Corporate Communications
LeBron James Family Foundation
Sherwin-Williams today announced in celebration of its 150th anniversary and the first Cleveland hometown sports championship in 52 years, the company is donating $150,000 to the LeBron James Family Foundation.
In recognition of fan interest, the company will keep the now-famous LeBron James banner hanging from its global headquarters building. The banner was set to come down for the summer in order to display a Sherwin-Williams banner celebrating 150 years.
"For 150 years, Sherwin-Williams has been proud to call Cleveland our home, and we're committed to doing the right thing for the people of this great city," said John Morikis, President and CEO, The Sherwin-Williams Company. "For the last year, we've been planning to hang a celebratory banner outside our building during the summer months. But what better way to celebrate our 150th year than with a NBA championship. As a long-time supporter of the Cavs, and the entire community, we want the energy and excitement in this city to continue."
Sherwin-Williams supports the Cavaliers and the Cleveland community in numerous ways. The company was a co-sponsor of last week's parade, employs 3,000 people in Northeast Ohio who volunteer their time across the community, and Sherwin-Williams has a long history of donations to worthwhile causes, such as the LeBron James Family Foundation.
"We are so grateful to the Sherwin-Williams Company for their continued generosity to the Akron and Cleveland communities, and would like to congratulate them on their 150-year milestone," said Michele Campbell, the Executive Director of the LeBron James Family Foundation. "This contribution to our kids will go a long way in helping us provide the resources and interventions necessary to keep our students in school and on the path to a college education."
The LeBron James Family Foundation's mission is to positively affect the lives of children and young adults through education and co-curricular educational activities.
Founded 150 years ago in 1866, The Sherwin-Williams Company is a global leader in the manufacture, development, distribution, and sale of coatings and related products to professional, industrial, commercial, and retail customers. With 47,000 associates and $11.3 billion in sales, S-W is the USA's #1 paint and coatings company; #3 in the world. The company manufactures products under well-known brands such as Sherwin-Williams®, HGTV HOME® by Sherwin-Williams, Dutch Boy®, Krylon®, Minwax®, Thompson's® Water Seal®, Ronseal™, Sayerlack®, Euronavy®, Altax™ and many more.
With global headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio, Sherwin-Williams® branded products are sold exclusively through a chain of more than 4,100 company-operated stores and facilities, while the company's other brands are sold through leading mass merchandisers, home centers, independent paint dealers, hardware stores, automotive retailers, and industrial distributors. The Sherwin-Williams Global Finishes Group delivers a wide range of products to the automotive refinishes, product finishes, and protective and marine markets in 115 countries around the world. For more information, visit www.sherwin.com.
About the LeBron James Family Foundation
Founded in 2004, the LeBron James Family Foundation's mission is to positively affect the lives of children and young adults through education and co-curricular educational initiatives. The Foundation believes that an education and living an active, healthy lifestyle is pivotal to the development of children and young adults. Staffed entirely by volunteers, including LeBron's mother Gloria, wife Savannah James, and business partner Maverick Carter, the LJFF staff is dedicated to carrying out this mission.
In 2011, in partnership with the Akron Public Schools, the LeBron James Family Foundation began working on the high school dropout crisis facing the Akron community and launched "Wheels for Education." With its recent expansion into the Akron I PROMISE network, the programs are now serving more than 1,000 Akron-area students by providing them with the programs, support and mentors they need for success in school.
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