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Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard J.R. Smith held an advance screening of the new Jessie Owen’s film entitled “Race.”

The screening, held at Valley View’s Cinemark, was scheduled to include more than 80 teenagers from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland.

The students sat in a private theater, with Smith and his family, as they got a look the movie before it premiers nation-wide Feb. 19.

Smith said he had done something similar in New York, but wanted to make the opportunity available to children in Cleveland.

“They only see what they grow up around now. They don’t see people like Jessie Owens who put forth the footsteps and the footprints to everything that we accomplished as African-Americans in sports, not even just us, but globally,” Smith said as he addressed the media Tuesday night.

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