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Cleveland-Akron win bid for 2014 Gay Games

By Rick Armon
Beacon Journal staff writer

Cleveland and Akron will host the 2014 Gay Games ` an event that organizers say could have more than a $60 million economic impact on Northeast Ohio.

The Federation of Gay Games today selected Cleveland as the host city for the Olympics-style competition over Boston and Washington, D.C.

The announcement was made in Cologne, Germany, the site of the 2010 Gay Games. The Cleveland and Akron delegation that traveled to Germany was ecstatic.

‘‘I promise you that on behalf of our leadership, when you come to Cleveland, Ohio, USA, we will, we will rock you,’’ Valarie Gbc cq Gec McCall, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson's chief of government affairs, told the crowd.

She sang the ‘‘We will, we will rock you’’ part of her statement ` copying the famous refrain from the rock band Queen's song We Will Rock You.

The theme of the local event is ‘‘My Games Rock!’’

‘‘Cleveland demonstrated to the Federation of Gay Games that they understood the mission of the Gay Games and our principles of ‘Participation, inclusion, and personal best,’]’’ federation co-Presidents Kurt Dahl and Emy Ritt said in a prepared statement.

They also said they were impressed by the facilities, infrastructure and community's financial plan.

The Cleveland Synergy Foundation organized the local bid.

‘‘Right now, we're over the moon,’’ said Susan Hamo, president of the Akron/Summit County Convention and Visitors Bureau. ‘‘This is the largest event that has ever come to our area as far as the number of people, economic impact and national exposure.’’

The tourism group has pledged $100,000 for marketing the weeklong event, which is open to anyone regardless of sexual orientation. Cleveland City Council has approved a $700,000 grant.

While Cleveland is the official host, Akron will play a large role in the event.

Firestone Country Club will host the men's and women's golf tournaments. Softball games will be at Firestone Stadium. Rodeo events will be at the Summit County Fairgrounds in Tallmadge. The marathon will be held in Akron.

The Gay Games, held every four years, started in San Francisco in 1982. Chicago and Sydney, Australia, also have hosted the competition.

The competition could lure up to 65,000 athletes and spectators to Northeast Ohio, organizers say.

For more details about Cleveland's bid or the Gay Games, go to http://mygamesrock.org or http://www.gaygames.com.


Rick Armon can be reached at 330-996-3569 or rarmon@thebeaconjournal.com.

Ohio.com and the Akron Beacon Journal disable commenting on stories when we believe the feature will be used excessively for anonymous postings that are personal attacks, abusive or hateful. This is one such story.

Cleveland and Akron will host the 2014 Gay Games ` an event that organizers say could have more than a $60 million economic impact on Northeast Ohio.

The Federation of Gay Games today selected Cleveland as the host city for the Olympics-style competition over Boston and Washington, D.C.

The announcement was made in Cologne, Germany, the site of the 2010 Gay Games. The Cleveland and Akron delegation that traveled to Germany was ecstatic.

‘‘I promise you that on behalf of our leadership, when you come to Cleveland, Ohio, USA, we will, we will rock you,’’ Valarie Gbc cq Gec McCall, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson's chief of government affairs, told the crowd.

She sang the ‘‘We will, we will rock you’’ part of her statement ` copying the famous refrain from the rock band Queen's song We Will Rock You.

The theme of the local event is ‘‘My Games Rock!’’

‘‘Cleveland demonstrated to the Federation of Gay Games that they understood the mission of the Gay Games and our principles of ‘Participation, inclusion, and personal best,’]’’ federation co-Presidents Kurt Dahl and Emy Ritt said in a prepared statement.

They also said they were impressed by the facilities, infrastructure and community's financial plan.

The Cleveland Synergy Foundation organized the local bid.

‘‘Right now, we're over the moon,’’ said Susan Hamo, president of the Akron/Summit County Convention and Visitors Bureau. ‘‘This is the largest event that has ever come to our area as far as the number of people, economic impact and national exposure.’’

The tourism group has pledged $100,000 for marketing the weeklong event, which is open to anyone regardless of sexual orientation. Cleveland City Council has approved a $700,000 grant.

While Cleveland is the official host, Akron will play a large role in the event.

Firestone Country Club will host the men's and women's golf tournaments. Softball games will be at Firestone Stadium. Rodeo events will be at the Summit County Fairgrounds in Tallmadge. The marathon will be held in Akron.

The Gay Games, held every four years, started in San Francisco in 1982. Chicago and Sydney, Australia, also have hosted the competition.

The competition could lure up to 65,000 athletes and spectators to Northeast Ohio, organizers say.

For more details about Cleveland's bid or the Gay Games, go to http://mygamesrock.org or http://www.gaygames.com.


Rick Armon can be reached at 330-996-3569 or rarmon@thebeaconjournal.com.

Ohio.com and the Akron Beacon Journal disable commenting on stories when we believe the feature will be used excessively for anonymous postings that are personal attacks, abusive or hateful. This is one such story.




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