Akron, Ohio – The Gay Community Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation has made a $100,000 commitment to help make the 2014 Gay Games presented by the Cleveland Foundation a great success for Summit County. Gay Games officials announced the commitment today during a welcome rally at the University of Akron.
With its elite-level support, the Gay Community Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation is now recognized as the Host Sponsor of the 2014 Gay Games Sports in Akron and Summit County.
Events will take place Aug. 9-16, 2014. About one-third of the expected 10,000 Gay Games participants will compete in Summit County events, including:
· Golf at Firestone Country Club
· Marathon, which will use the first half of the Akron Marathon course
· Martial arts at the John S. Knight Center
· Softball at Firestone Stadium and nearby fields
· Soccer at Copley Road fields
· Track and field at the University of Akron
“Akron and all of Summit County have been strong supporters of the Gay Games since the very beginning. We’re excited to have that strengthened even further with the financial support of the Gay Community Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation,” said Steve Sokany, co-chair of the 2014 Gay Games presented by the Cleveland Foundation.
Gay Community Endowment Fund board chair Judge Mary Margaret Rowlands said, “The Gay Games coming here gives us the wonderful opportunity to show the world and our own neighbors what a strong and supportive LGBT and ally community we have.”
Akron Community Foundation committed $35,000 to the fund’s sponsorship. John Garofalo, vice president of community investment for the community foundation, believes the Gay Games’ impact will extend far beyond the one-week event next August. “The Gay Games is a catalyst for change, and our entire region will be the beneficiary of that change for years to come,” he said.
Cindy Christman, chair of the 2014 Gay Games Akron Task Force, said she is pleased to have the Gay Community Endowment Fund come on board in such a unique way. “Their contribution demonstrates one more reason why Summit County is such a great place to live and work. We want to unite individuals, businesses and organizations to share that great experience for all the Gay Games participants who will be coming to the Akron area next August.”