AKRON, OH – July 25, 2013 – One of the Racers’ team colors may be red, but the color of choice this Sunday at Firestone Stadium will once again be bright pink. For the second year in a row, the Racers’ home ballpark will host the starting line for the Susan G. Komen Northeast Ohio Akron Race for the Cure 5k Run/Walk.
Participants can register to run online at komenohio.org through July 24. For those who miss the online deadline, in-person registration is also available at Summit Mall from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on July 25, at Chapel Hill Mall from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on July 26, and on the morning of the race from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. at Firestone Stadium. For more information on how to donate or get involved in the foundation’s activities, visit komenohio.org.
Two years ago, Racers Co-owner and General Manager Joey Arrietta played a crucial role in getting the Akron Race for the Cure, now in its second year, off the ground and rolling. The Komen Foundation recently recognized Arrietta as one of its “20 Faces of Komen,” an effort to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to the foundation in honor of the 20th anniversary of the Cleveland Race for the Cure.
Arrietta’s dedication to the cause becomes evident each and every home game at Firestone Stadium, when, like clockwork in the bottom of the fourth inning, she takes the microphone away from the public address announcer and marches up and down the grandstands armed with pink buckets to collect donations, knowing that every penny, every dollar, every dime means something in the fight to end the number-two killer of women in the United States. Over the past several years, the Racers organization, led by the passion of Arrietta, has raised over $100,000 for mammograms for those who cannot afford them.
The Racers also displayed their passion for pink earlier this season by wearing pink jerseys in the first game of a doubleheader that was nationally televised on ESPN2. The jerseys will be auctioned off on Saturday, August 17, after the Racers wear them once again for another Pink the Park game. All proceeds from the auction will go to charity.
The day after the race on July 28, the Racers are scheduled to host the NY/NJ Comets for a three-game series from July 29-31, with all games scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Tickets are still available and can be purchased online at akronracers.org or by calling the ticket office at (330) 376-8188.
About the Akron Racers: The Akron Racers, headquartered in Akron, OH, are the oldest existing team in the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) league. The Racers competed in the Women's Pro Softball League (WPSL) for two seasons in 1999 and 2000 and in the NPF since 2004. Historic Firestone Stadium is home to the Racers and numerous amateur events at all levels of play. The Racers kick off their 11th season of play in 2012.
About National Pro Fastpitch: National Pro Fastpitch is headquartered in Nashville, TN. The league, created to give elite female fastpitch players the opportunity to pursue a professional career in their chosen sport, has operated since 1997 under the names of Women’s Pro Fastpitch (WPF) and Women’s Pro Softball League (WPSL). NPF is the Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball in the category of women’s fastpitch softball since 2002.
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