AKRON, OH – The Akron Aeros announced Wednesday afternoon that they are joining in the combined community efforts to help send Akron native LeBron James to the Miami Heat. The Aeros are offering Northeast Ohio sports fans a unique opportunity to kindly donate their gently used James apparel in exchange for free tickets to the Aeros game at Canal Park on Monday, July 19th. All donated apparel will be sent to the Canal District Union of the United Methodist Church and delivered on an upcoming mission trip, sending the hats, jerseys, t-shirts, etc. as far away from the Cleveland area as possible.
This special “Ship out LeBron James” offer will be valid for only Monday night’s game as the Aeros continue their weeklong home stand against the Altoona Curve. The contest begins at 7:05 p.m. that night and tickets are available exclusively at the Canal Park box offices. The Canal District Union of the United Methodist Church will then bring these donated materials on a mission trip in the near future to the Caribbean or South America.
James attended high school at St. Vincent-St. Mary’s High School in downtown Akron, just one mile away from Canal Park, and was the #1 overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft. The 25-year-old promptly broke numerous franchise records while spending his first seven seasons in the league with the Cleveland Cavaliers. James then announced his intentions to join the Miami Heat in a televised broadcast last Thursday night.
The Canal Park box offices are open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, Saturday and Monday this week as well as from 5:00 p.m. until the conclusion of the games each night. Fans can also exchange their James apparel for their free tickets from 11:30 a.m. until the end of Sunday’s scheduled 1:35 p.m. contest against the Erie SeaWolves.
Akron begins their weeklong home stand with a busy Thursday night against Erie. Thursday is affiliates night at the stadium, featuring many of the most notable mascots throughout the Cleveland Indians organization. As with all Thursday night home games, it is another Thirsty Thursday and fans can enjoy $1 12-oz. draft beer and soft drinks until the end of the seventh inning. Cleveland Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera will also continue his rehab assignment as the Aeros begin the second half of 2010 season.
The fun begins Thursday night at 7:05 p.m. at Canal Park as Akron left-hander Kelvin De La Cruz (1-5, 5.69 ERA) looks for his first win in nearly two months in the start against an unannounced Erie pitcher. Thursday’s radio broadcast begins at 6:50 p.m. on Fox Sports 1350 AM and at www.akronaeros.com. For more information about the “Ship out LeBron James” special or the upcoming home stand, please call the Aeros at (330) 253-5151.