AKRON, OH (WOIO) - With two of the best basketball players in the world set to compete in the NBA Finals, the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company is celebrating their birthplace.
Goodyear will honor babies born in Akron-area hospitals during the NBA Finals with a care package consisting of a set of Goodyear tires, an "AkronBorn" onesie and a brand-new infant car seat. Three Akron-based medical facilities -- Summa Akron City Hospital, Cleveland Clinic Akron General and Akron Children's Hospital -- will participate and help deliver the care packages to families of newborns.
According to birth certificates from the Summit County Health Department, LeBron Raymone James was delivered on December 30, 1984 at Akron City Hospital, and Wardell Stephen Curry II was born on March 14, 1988, also at Akron City Hospital. Curry was born in Akron while his father, former NBA player Dell Curry, was a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The hospital is now known as Summa Akron City Hospital.
Goodyear was founded in Akron in 1898. The first Goodyear Blimp was "born" in 1925.
Adding to the "Akron Born" concept, the tire manufacturer will conduct a social media campaign asking consumers to take pictures of Goodyear tires on their vehicles and share them using #AkronBorn with one winner being selected for a ride in the Goodyear Blimp.
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