Planning for the Cleveland Gay Games 2014 kicks into high gear

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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The Cleveland delegation will travel to Cologne, Germany for the Gay Games 2010. The visit will help with the preparation for the upcoming Gay Games in Cleveland and is a requirement of every Host City.

"The Gay Games in 2014 will shine a national and international spotlight on the City of Cleveland. Our representatives either lead or are a part of some of Cleveland's and the region's most dynamic institutions and will help show the world our greatness," said Mayor Frank G. Jackson.

The delegation will consist of representatives from the City of Cleveland, Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, Positively Cleveland, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Museum, Akron-Summit Convention and Visitor's Bureau and Equalsurance. For a complete list of the cologne delegates, please click here.

"The Greater Cleveland Sports Commission is excited about the Gay Games being held in Cleveland and Akron and is committed to utilizing its expertise and resources to assure the GGIX 2014 is the best in history," said David Gilbert, president & CEO, Greater Cleveland Sports Commission.

Activities for the Cologne Gay Games kickoff on Friday July 30 and will conclude on Saturday August 8 with a Closing Ceremony at which time the torch will be extinguished and the Federation of Gay Games Flag will be passed to the Cleveland delegation. Additional event highlights include; the opening ceremonies, the Rainbow Memorial Run, the remembrance quilt ceremony and a scholarship event.

"Our event service team wins multiple awards each year for stellar service and attention to every detail. Observing the operation of the games in Cologne will ensure that we meet or exceed expectations for service when the games come to Cleveland in 2014," said Dennis Roche, Positively Cleveland.

"We are tremendously proud and equally excited to be joining Cleveland as host of the 2014 Gay Games. Throughout the Cologne Games, we will be extending a welcoming hand to as many participants as possible - letting them know that we are eagerly counting the years, months and days leading up to their visit to Ohio. Our communities look forward to celebrating the diversity of sports, cultures and people who will gather to share their passion for athletic competition," Susan Hamo, president & CEO, Akron-Summit Convention & Visitor's Bureau.

The events give each host city an opportunity to put its unique signature on the games, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Museum will help make the experience uniquely Cleveland.

"The City of Cleveland is known as the rock and roll capital around the world with the phrases "Cleveland Rocks" and "Hello Cleveland" having become part of the pop culture lexicon. As Cleveland prepares for the Gay Games in 2014, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will play an essential and integral role in branding the events and promoting participation and visibility," said Terry Stewart, president, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Local excitement is already starting to build for the games; Equalsurance a local business opted to attend the games with the delegation at their own expense. They are making the trip because they are already thinking of becoming a sponsor of the Cleveland Gay Games in 2014.

"Equalsurance is dedicated to being engaged in the LGBT community. As a potential sponsor of the Games we want to see first-hand, the positive impact they will have on the City of Cleveland in 2014," said Mr. Marcus Pender, president, Equalsurance Holdings, LLC.

The Cities of Cleveland and Akron were awarded the games last year following a competitive bidding process. Cleveland City Council passed legislation in support of the Gay Games in 2014 (Ord. No. 1260-09, pg. 37). The games will kick-off in Cleveland August 9-16, 2014.

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