Cleveland group announces Gay Games bid


EDGE Media Network Contributor

Tuesday October 14, 2008

The Cleveland Synergy Foundation has scheduled a press conference in Cleveland Wednesday to discuss its bid plans to host Gay Games IX in 2014. According to its web site, still under construction, the foundation is "organized and operated to measurably enhance the economy, image and quality of life in the greater Cleveland GLBT and straight community by attracting and creating significant cultural, athletic and benevolent events and festivals." Partners in the venture are the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission and Positively Cleveland Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Representatives from both of those organizations as well as the city and Douglas Anderson and Brian Tavolier of Cleveland Synergy are scheduled to speak at the press conference. Anderson and Tavolier are partners in Triad Event Management, and were elected to the Cleveland Pride board last year. Anderson is also President and League Commissioner for the North Coast Athletics Volleyball, which runs the gay volleyball program in Cleveland, and Tavolier is the Executive Secretary and league Secretary and Treasurer for NCAV.

Other cities rumored to be interested in bidding for the Games are Boston and Miami. The Federation of Gay Games meets Sunday in Cape Town, South Africa for its annual members meeting and election of new officers.

The next Gay Games are scheduled for 2010 in Cologne, Germany.

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