On your mark, get set! City of Akron prepares for Gay Games

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AKRON -- Tuesday was a busy day at Firestone Stadium in Akron where volunteers were painting, landscaping and cleaning all in preparation for the 2014 Gay Games.

"There was a long list of activities that needed to be completed in order for the Gay Games to even come and have games here, so we're taking care of the rest of the stuff on that list," said Program Manager Jacqui Flaherty from "Keep Akron Beautiful."

Her organization, along with "Lowe's Heroes" helped with the improvements.  Flaherty said it's important they continue to beautify the city and this is one way to do just that.

Firestone Stadium is home to the Racers, a pro-softball team, but will double as the main site for the Gay Games softball tournament.

Akron’s Mayor Donald Plusquellic said he’s thrilled to be a host for the games.

“We’re glad to be partnering with Cleveland and we ought to do more of that on a lot of different issues,” he said.

Akron isn’t the only city preparing; so is Cleveland.

Medical professionals met at MetroHealth to learn more about the LGBT community. Dr. Henry NG said it’s important people know how to be sensitive and also supportive.

“I think one of the things people take out of this is a sense of cultural humility and learning from other people and learning how to ask questions about the other person when it comes to what's similar and what's different and how you can make them feel welcome,” he said.

The Gay Games will kick off on August 9th.

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