"Holy blasphemous basketballs, Bron-Bron!" Those were words I wrote two months ago, when LeBron James first began teasing pictures of his special King James Edition Kia K900 on his Facebook page. Now, two pieces of good news. First: They’re finally selling the King James Kia! Even better news: There’s only one of them. Thank GOD!

Kia is the new kid on the big-money block — and who defines nouveau riche like a professional baller? Kia enlisted LeBron as its "luxury ambassador" sometime back. That might seems like a bit of an odd fit, but Kia has been sponsoring the NBA’s Most Valuable Player award for some time now. Primarily because it’s the NBA, and everything has to sponsored.

In an effort to convince the world that Kia’s 2013 MVP Award winner drives a Kia, the company built LeBron a full custom K900 that at the time was presumed to have been a dry run for production. It wasn’t. The King James Edition K900 remains a one-off destined for the auction block, to be sold for a fairly righteous cause.

Continue reading to learn more about the Kia K900 "King James Edition".

Why it matters

The money raised by selling the King James Edition K900 is going toward the LeBron James Family Foundation, which works primarily to help keep kids in school. The Akron, Ohio-based Foundation has held an annual bike-a-thon in its hometown for the last several years to raise money for various causes. And that’s really nice. If you want to contribute to the cause, you can head on over to Charitybuzz.com to place a bid. Note, though; in donating through charitybuzz, you may accidentally wind up with LeBron’s K900 in your driveway.

The money raised by selling the King James Edition K900 is going toward the LeBron James Family Foundation.

To return the K900 to it’s (perfectly fine) stock form, you’ll need to strip off and sell the following parts: a huge Lexicon Logic 7 sound system, suede interior, the "King James Edition #01" dash plaque, and "LBJ" embossed headrests. Which you might find a market for on Lyndon Baines Johnson fansites.

Then there are those 22-inch Monoblock alloy rims. They’re detailed with the same Pearl Red Metallic as the rest of the body, and sure to advertise to all: "Look! I ruined a perfectly good car with a lift kit and 22-inch rims!"

What did that poor Kia ever do to you?

But, even if you can’t find a buyer for them, you should probably get a decent amount back in scrap value. Aluminum’s going for $0.85 a pound right now; for all four wheels, that’s the better part of $70 available for tax-exempt donation to the noble cause of your choice. I’d suggest the LeBron James Family Foundation.

So, head on over to Charitybuzz and place a bid on the Kia now. There’s a chance you could help LeBron James save the future for some innocent child — and in so doing, save at least one innocent Kia from LeBron James.

Kids...stay in school.

2015 Kia K900 "King James Edition"

2015 Kia K900 King James Edition
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Read our full review here.

Source: charitybuzz

Press Release

Kia Motors and its Luxury Ambassador, LeBron James, have teamed up with Charitybuzz to auction his customized Kia K900 sedan, with proceeds benefiting the Lebron James Family Foundation. Working with Celebrity Auto Group, the philanthropist and star of Kia’s Fit for a King™ ad campaign personalized the one-of-a-kind K900 that is now available for fans to bid on at Charitybuzz.com through 3 p.m. ET on May 7, 2015.

Kia K900 "King James Edition" Will Be Auctioned For Charity
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“I’m excited to share this custom car with the winning bidder and even more proud that all of the proceeds are going to help my Foundation continue its amazing work,” said LeBron James. "All of the proceeds raised will help us keep kids in school and give them an education that is extremely important for their futures.”

First unveiled at the 2015 NBA All-Star game at Madison Square Garden, the King James Edition K900 also made auto show appearances in Cleveland and New York in April. Select customization elements include Alcantara Suede interior and headliner, color-matched diamond contrast stitching throughout, Llumar® Ceramic window tint, customized Lexicon® Logic 7® audio system, personalized King James Limited Edition Plaque #01 and LBJ icons in the headrests.

“The K900 challenges everything people think they know about Kia, and the King James Edition takes on a new personality by showcasing LeBron James’ unique style,” said Tim Chaney, vice president of marketing communications, Kia Motors America. “We are proud that LeBron chose to drive a Kia, and to provide fans the opportunity to bid on the K900 and have the proceeds go to the LeBron James Family Foundation.”

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. With its fundamental belief that an education and living an active, healthy lifestyle are pivotal to the development of children and young adults, the Foundation is aggressively implementing initiatives that have a real, meaningful impact in the lives of children across the United States. 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 our community and launched its “Wheels for Education” program. This groundbreaking initiative targets third graders and provides them with the programs, support and mentors they need for success in school.

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