Jerry Rowland, a legend in Akron youth sports activities, has died. He was 69 years previous. Rowland’s dying was confirmed in a tweet from LeBron James. James tweeted on April 16, “Straight Up! AKRON legend man! At all times seemed out for me once I was a youngin strolling the streets in search of a spot to hoop. Might You Relaxation in Paradise Jerry Row! 🙏🏾.”
A 2016 ABC Cleveland report on LeBron, within the midst of his return to Cleveland, referred to Rowland as an “Akron recreation supervisor” who had identified LeBron since 1993. Rowland mentioned of LeBron on the time, “It’s simpler for him to let Love and Kyrie develop their recreation as a result of his recreation is there.”
For over 40 years, Rowland was a coach on the Ed Davis Neighborhood Heart alongside Perkins Park Drive on Akron’s west aspect. Rowland was additionally a contractor with Cardinal Setting. The New York Instances reported in September 2009 that LeBron first performed on the court docket on the Ed Davis in opposition to one among his finest buddies, Little Dru aka Dru Joyce III.
In November 2013, Rowland was inducted as a participant into the Buchtel Excessive Faculty Sports activities Corridor of Fame.
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