Hey, sports fans.

The Akron-Canton region will be well represented when the Ohio History Connection opens a new exhibit, “Ohio — Champion of Sports,” on March 16 at the Ohio History Center in Columbus.

The 19-month display will pay tribute to Ohio athletes, coaches, teams, owners and fans, featuring more than 70 stories and 35 oral histories covering more than 25 sports.

The exhibit will explore Ohio’s contributions to sports through the themes of character, adversity, innovation, identity, tradition and victory. Curators worked with major-league teams, minor-league teams, colleges and high schools to acquire memorabilia for the exhibit.

Among the topics:

• NBA superstar and Akron native LeBron James, whose 2003 Cavaliers rookie jersey is on loan from the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

• “The Fab Five” of Akron’s Fighting Irish: LeBron James, Romeo Travis, Willie McGee, Dru Joyce III and Sian Cotton, who won three state titles at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in the early 2000s.

• Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.'s Akron Wingfoots, one of the first pro basketball teams.

• The Goodyear blimp, an advertising icon that flies over national sporting events.

• The All-American Soap Box Derby in Akron.

• Akron brothers Hayes and David Jenkins, who won Olympic gold medals in figure skating.

• The founding of the NFL in 1920 at the Ralph Hay Hupmobile dealership in Canton.

• Hall of Famer Fritz Pollard, the first African-American football coach, who led the Akron Pros to the first NFL title.

• The Canton McKinley-Massillon high school football rivalry.

• Former Akron football coach John Heisman, namesake of the college trophy.

• The founding of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton.

• Mount Union's father-son coaching duo of Vince and Larry Kehres, who led the Purple Raiders to national football titles.

• Hiram College’s 1904 basketball team, winner of the Olympic gold medal.

• Medina native Bobby Rahal, Indianapolis 500 winner and team owner.

• Professional skateboarder Doug Brown from Wooster.

During “Ohio — Champion of Sports,” visitors can participate in interactive exhibits, including trying their hand at basketball on a wall of hoops, recording a victory dance to share with friends, submitting their own photos to the museum, recording their favorite sports stories and taking part in an obstacle course.