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Presented by the Cleveland Foundation OHIO - USA 9-16 AUGUST, 2014. The Gay Games. Largest inclusive, LGBT-focused multi-sport (and cultural) gathering Every 4 years in world-class host city More than 10,000 participants and thousands more spectators

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    1. Presented by the Cleveland FoundationOHIO - USA 9-16 AUGUST, 2014

    2. The Gay Games • Largest inclusive, LGBT-focused multi-sport (and cultural) gathering • Every 4 years in world-class host city • More than 10,000 participants and thousands more spectators • Motto: Participation, Inclusion and Personal Best ™ • Open to everybody 18 and older, gay and straight. • Open to all ability levels, from recreational to elite performers. • Stresses participation over winning.

    3. The Gay Games: Major Events • Opening Ceremony • Draws 20,000 (participants and spectators) • Celebration includes Parade of Participants, performances and speeches • 35+ Sports and Cultural Events • Throughout week • Diversity of events: Marathon, Choral Concerts, Volleyball, Basketball, Softball and Track & Field • Parties, Performances, Events every Evening • Festival Village • Open to public • Stage, vendors, food and beverage stalls • Closing Ceremony • Celebration of performances and look forward to next Gay Games.

    4. The Gay Games: History • Founded in 1982 by Tom Waddell, a 1968 Olympic Decathlete • 30+ Years of Success: • San Francisco 1982, 1986 • Vancouver 1990 • New York 1994 • Amsterdam 1998 • Sydney 2002 • Chicago 2006 • Cologne 2010 • Cleveland + Akron 2014 • 2018 Gay Games Bidding Cities – Paris, London, Amsterdam, Limerick Ireland, Orlando

    5. 2014 Gay Games • Dates: 9 – 16 August 2014 • Location: Cleveland and Akron, Ohio • Expected Attendance: • Participants: 11,000 • Spectators: 20,000 • Opening Ceremonies: 20,000 • Festival Village: 2,000 daily • Closing Ceremonies: 10,000 • Volunteers: 4,000

    6. 2014 Gay GamesCoordinating Partners • Greater Cleveland Sports Commission • City of Cleveland • City of Akron • Positively Cleveland • Akron/Summit Convention + Visitors Bureau

    7. 2014 Gay Games 38 Sports and Cultural Events Badminton Basketball Beach Volleyball Billiards Bodybuilding Bowling Cheer Cycling DanceSport Darts Diving Figure Skating Flag Football Golf Half Marathon Ice Hockey Marathon Martial Arts Open Water Swim Power Lifting Racquetball 5K/10K Road Races Rowing Sailing Soccer Softball Squash Swimming Synchronized Swimming Table Tennis Tennis Track and Field Triathlon Volleyball Water Polo Wrestling Band Choral

    8. Gay Games Economic Impact Venue# Athletes/ Economic Impact Visitors(US $) ’94 New York 37,500 $64.5 million ’98 Amsterdam 39,000 $67.0 million ’02 Sydney 39,000 $67.0 million ’06 Chicago 36,000 $61.9 million ’10 Cologne 27,000 $53.3 million ’14 CLE/AKR 33,000 $56.7 million *projected

    9. 2014 Gay Games Local Participation • 1,000+ participants from NE Ohio in sports and cultural events • 4,000+ local volunteers • Sponsorships from local, regional and national businesses, organizations and government agencies

    10. Downtown Cleveland Venues Convention Center Cleveland Public Hall Mall C Music Hall

    11. Case Western Reserve U.Venues Case Natatorium Veale Center Horsburgh Gymnasium

    12. Cleveland State University Venues Woodling Gymnasium Busbey Natatorium

    13. Akron Area Marathon Downtown University of Akron Firestone Stadium John S Knight Center

    14. Gay Games & Community Engagement • Team Cleveland+Akron Participants • Fosters pre-Games involvement • Encourages participation (discount code) • March in Opening Ceremony • Additional Presence during Games • Volunteer opportunities • Welcoming community members

    15. What the 2014 Gay Games mean for NE Ohio • Truly regional approach • New Model for Gay Games • Transformative experiences • Center of LGBT world • Legacy for our community at large, entire LGBT community and all participating organizations

    16. What You Can Do • Register • General Registration • Event Registration • Create a team of your own or join one • Participate • Sign up to be a GG9 Akron + Cleveland Champion • Sign up to receive e-newsletter • Register to volunteer (now and later!) • Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter • Come out and watch! • Donate/Sponsor • Host a home party • Small Business Sponsorships ($500-$14,000) • Corporate Sponsorships ($25,000+)

    17. Links • Website • www.GG9CLE.com • Register • www.GG9CLE.com/register • Donate • www.GG9CLE.com/donate • Volunteer • https://ggv.theregistrationsystem.com/en/1382 • Like us on Facebook: Gay Games Cleveland • Follow us on Twitter: GG9Cleveland

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