News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Akron General

Akron Children's Hospital


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Sports




Cleveland welcomes 2014 Gay Games athletes, and announcing 2018 host city
The 10th games will land in London, Paris or Limerick, Ireland, and the announcement is expected today in Cleveland
by WKSU's KABIR BHATIA
This story is part of a special series.


Reporter
Kabir Bhatia
 
Cleveland safety staff, including Safety Director Martin Flask (third from left), want to assure athletes that the region welcomes them to the Gay Games next August. Also pictured (l to r) are Police Chief Michael McGrath, Assistant Public Safety Directors Barry Withers and Laura Palinkas (back), Assistant Fire Chief Edward Whatley (front), EMS Commissioner Nicole Carlton (back), and Fire Chief Patrick Kelly (front).
Courtesy of KABIR BHATIA
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:
The host city for the 2018 Gay Games is being announced here this morning – it will be either London, Paris or Limerick, Ireland. Meanwhile, the 2014 games begin here next August, and Cleveland is already reaching out to welcome and reassure the thousands of athletes who will converge on Northeast Ohio. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports.
Click to listen

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (1:09)


About a hundred people gathered at Tower City Friday to send postcards welcoming the 2,000 registered participants in next year’s games.

Runner Michelle Tomallo says the close proximity of so many venues in Akron and Cleveland is one reason the games are being held here.

“The other reason is: if this event went to Boston or Washington, D.C. – the other two runners up – this would have been just one more event, and one more gay event, in a very large city. Here, it is a large event where there is a tremendous amount of focus and support.”

The Tower City event also saw about a dozen city safety officials on hand, including Safety Director Martin Flask. He wants to assure that some high-profile crimes don’t color visitors’ perceptions of the city.

“We have 30,000 visitors from around the world coming to the city of Cleveland next year. We want to make sure [that] when they come, they enjoy themselves. They spread good word about the city of Cleveland. We’re proud to be Clevelanders and we want other people to understand that we’re a welcoming community that embraces diversity.”

Organizers expect 10,000 people to eventually sign up for the Cleveland games. The Gay Games launched in San Francisco in 1982 and occur every four years.
Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook





Stories with Recent Comments

Crystal Ball says Ohio governor's race is done
How much is the Kasich campaign paying you to keep repeating the phrase "woman who is not his wife"? Fitzgerald was in the car with a friend who happens to be f...

Plane that crashed killing Case students is a popular training aircraft
The following is incorrect. The last few words should read "UNDER maximum gross take-off weight." “They have a normal take-off speed and all those take-off...

Exploradio: The never-ending war against superbugs
Super Federico ,we are so proud of you ,and very lucky to be among your friends . Keep it up human kind needs people like you to survive .Thanks for being so d...

Ohio's Lyme disease-carrying tick population is exploding
Interesting report. The last sentence needs some editing. It isn't a good idea to "save garments carrying ticks for analysis." The garments carrying t...

Teach for America enters third year in Ohio
For more background on TFA, check out http://reconsideringtfa.wordpress.com/

Faith leaders hold week-long prayer vigil at Ohio Statehouse
I think this is the wrong link to the audio. Its Andy Chow about cigarette taxes.

A $30 million plan to turn Cleveland's Public Square from gray to green
The current plan is for the Land Bank, RTA, and Mr. Jeremy Paris to run a bus line through the new Public Square and cutting the park in half. Save Public Squar...

Medina County residents question safety of proposed natural gas pipeline
I'm very concerned about this nexus project. I've received mail requesting my permission to allow the company to survey my property. I don't understand how thi...

A small group of tea party and Democrats protest at Kasich campaign stop
Enjoyed your excellent coverage of the statehouse for sometime now, never dreamed I'd be on. The feedback from people has been great. Thank you. Doris Adams

Top staffers are leaving the FitzGerald gubernatorial campaign
I's too bad that the dirt on Fitzgerald dug up by Kasich's operatives and publicized heavily by the Yellow Plain Dealer has caused the weak staffers of the Fitz...

Copyright © 2014 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University