Akron Aeros Host Inhalant Abuse Awareness Game

AKRON,
OH – The Akron Aeros are pleased to announce that they are teaming up with the
Alliance for Consumer Education (ACE) in their effort to “Strike out Inhalant
Abuse.” In the offseason, the Aeros became the fourth minor league baseball
team, all in the Eastern League, to join the coalition against inhalant abuse.
In an event nearly a year in the making, the Aeros will have various
informational segments and giveaways during their contest on Wednesday July 7th
at Canal Park against the Trenton Thunder.

Akron
staff members have been visiting local schools and handing out free ticket
vouchers for the game since the beginning of the baseball season. Team mascot
Orbit helped the Aeros hold assemblies and deliver nearly 5,000 informational
packets to over a dozen middle schools and elementary schools ranging from
Youngstown to Massillon to Akron and to Peninsula. The team will also be giving
away free “Strike out Inhalant Abuse” posters featuring Akron third baseman
Lonnie Chisenhall, the second-best prospect in the Cleveland Indians organization
according to Baseball America.

A
recent report by the Partnership for a Drug-Free America estimated that one out
of five kids in the United States to abuse inhalants by the eighth grade. Do
you know the symptoms of inhalant abuse, the ways in which inhalants are
harmful to your children or the most commonly abused products? Do you know how
to seek professional advice or how to find treatment solutions? If you are
looking for the answers to these and many more questions, then join the Aeros
for this special occasion on Wednesday, July 7th.

“The
Aeros are proud to throw our support towards this important effort to prevent
inhalant abuse among children,” Jeff Auman, Aeros Vice President
and General Manager, said during the offseason when the program was announced
.
“Because America’s baseball parks are natural gathering places for families and
children – they are uniquely useful settings for raising public awareness about
a danger that many parents don’t even know exists. To the extent that we can
continue to raise awareness among Aeros fans of all ages, we are delighted to
be part of the solution.”

The
“Strike out Inhalant Abuse” Program originated in a 2008 partnership between
ACE and the New Britain Rock Cats of the Eastern League’s Eastern Division. That
agreement featured the first-ever Inhalant Abuse Awareness Game and the program
has expanded to add the Bowie Baysox, the Trenton Thunder and now the
Aeros.  ACE’s motto states that it is “a
foundation dedicated to advancing community health and well-being.”

Meanwhile,
Akron’s four-game home stand continues tonight at 7:05 p.m. for a Two for Tuesday
at Canal Park against the Trenton Thunder. All fans can enjoy two-for-one
specials on ballpark favorites such as soft drinks, popcorn, hot dogs and ice
cream scoops, along with a special buy one ticket, get one free offer from
KRAFT Singles. Akron left-hander Scott Barnes (4-7, 5.55 ERA) matches up
against Trenton southpaw Wilkin de la Rosa (2-3, 5.68 ERA) in the second game
of this series. Join Jim Clark for Tuesday night’s radio broadcast beginning at
6:50 p.m. on Fox Sports 1350 AM and at www.akronaeros.com.
For more information, please call the Aeros at (330) 253-5151. 

—AEROS—

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