Summit County preparing for 2014 Gay Games
DOWNTOWN AKRON — Area residents are invited to learn about more the 2014 Gay Games, which will take place at several locations in Summit County, as well as throughout Northeast Ohio, at an informational meeting April 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the John S. Knight Center.
The Gay Games includes more than 35 sporting and cultural events and will be presented Aug. 9-16, 2014. The event, held every four years, is expected to draw 30,000 visitors to Northeast Ohio, according to event officials.
The informational meeting, sponsored by the Akron/Summit Convention & Visitors Bureau, is free and open to the public and will include hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.
“Northeast Ohio will host the Gay Games next year, and we are gearing up for this great world-class event,” said Summit County Executive Russ Pry. “Attending this informational meeting will give you the opportunity to sign up to volunteer or participate in any of the Gay Games activities taking place in Summit County and throughout Northeast Ohio.”
Representatives from the Gay Games, including the Akron task force, will be on hand to talk about why the event is coming to the region, what will be happening and how individuals and businesses can get involved as participants, volunteers or sponsors, according to event officials.
Akron will host softball, which will be played at Firestone Stadium; track and field, hosted at The University of Akron; and the Akron Marathon organization will host the Gay Games’ marathon on a portion of its course. Officials plan to announce other sports venues as they are confirmed.
“Akron plays an integral role in the success of the Gay Games, and we appreciate all the support and willingness to welcome the 2014 Games,” said Tom Nobbe, executive director of the 2014 Gay Games.
Akron representatives on the Gay Games Board of Directors include Dirk Breiding, of the Akron/Summit Convention & Visitors Bureau; Cindy Christman, of the city of Akron; and Nancy Brennan, of Brennan Management Group.
Launched in 1982, the Games invite participation from all competitors regardless of sexual orientation, race, gender, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, political beliefs, athletic or artistic ability, age, physical challenge or health status, according to event officials. The events are open to anyone 18 years or older.
Maria Lindsay contributed to this report.
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