By Genevieve Bohnak, The Univesity of Akron Intern
On July 29, 2014, the staff of Keep Akron Beautiful and the Lowe’s heroes came together to improve and restore Firestone Stadium, home of the Akron Racers, in Akron Ohio. The project was being completed before the Gay Games 9 (GG9) comes to Akron for the softball tournament. The softball tournament is one of the largest events in the 2014 GG9 games.
Firestone Stadium had a wish list of repairs that Racers’ Owner/GM, Joey Arrietta, wanted done before the Gay Games, and the Fairlawn Lowe’s heroes tackled the last of those projects. Some of the repairs on Joey’s list included scraping and painting the entryways to the stadium; putting a clear water-resistant sealant on the lower seating areas; and fixing up planting beds at the entrances to the stadium.
Fairlawn Lowe’s Store Manager, Gary Sutor, was more than eager to get the day started as were the other eleven of Gary’s employees who volunteered their time on July 29th. Each volunteer was assigned different tasks to match their abilities. The volunteers were happy to help make the improvements for not only the Gay Games but for the Akron Racers as well. One employee stated that he enjoyed volunteering as many of the employees live in Akron and are happy to give back to the community. This is the second year that Lowe’s has worked with Keep Akron Beautiful on a beautification and community restoration project.
Firestone Stadium is located at 1575 Firestone Parkway, Akron, OH 44301. All championship games will be held at Firestone Stadium. The women’s finals will be on Wednesday August 13th at 1:00 p.m. The other three divisions will begin their elimination and end with their championship games on Thursday, August 14th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The public is welcome to come for the games. There is no charge to watch any and all of the games!
Catch both Keep Akron Beautiful and Lowe’s on Fox 8 News: http://fox8.com/2014/07/29/on-your-mark-get-set-city-of-akron-prepares-for-gay-games/
Thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers!