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RACERS, AEROS TO HOLD NATIONAL ANTHEM AUDITIONS

AKRON, Ohio – March 19, 2012 – The Akron Racers (women’s pro softball) and Akron Aeros (Double-A baseball affiliate of the Cleveland Indians) announced today that the two teams will be holding open auditions for National Anthem singers and instrumentalists at Canal Park this Saturday, March 24.
 
“We felt this was a great opportunity to collaborate with the Aeros,” said Andrew Phillips, Director of Marketing Services/PR for the Racers. “We see the Aeros as our big brother of sorts, and being part of something this important to every home game is a special opportunity. Canal Park is a great facility and it should give us a great gauge on the performers’ talents.”
 
This is an open tryout and an opportunity for fans to earn a spot in both team’s pre-game ceremonies for games at Firestone Stadium and Canal Park this summer. Those who pass the “judge’s test” will be scheduled to sing prior to Aeros and Racers’ home dates this season. All performers will be required to fill out an information sheet when they arrive.
 
Singers or instrumentalists interested in displaying their talents at the audition should enter through the Canal Park Administrative Office entrance on 300 South Main Street.
 
“We want to hear the best performers that the Akron area has to offer,” Aeros Director of Corporate Sales and Promotions, Calvin Funkhouser said. “A great National Anthem performance always gets the game off to a great start.”
 
Auditions are scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. and will proceed regardless of weather. For additional information about National Anthem auditions, contact Calvin Funkhouser of the Akron Aeros by phone at 330-253-5151, extension 252, or by email at cfunkhouser@akronaeros.com
 
The Akron Racers open the 2012 season on Thursday, June 7, with a regular season opener against the newly formed Carolina Diamonds. Season tickets for the 2012 season are on sale now and can be ordered by calling 330-376-8188.
 
About the Akron Racers: The Akron Racers, headquartered in Akron, OH, are the oldest existing team in the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) league. The Racers competed in the Women's Pro Softball League (WPSL) for two seasons in 1999 and 2000 and in the NPF since 2004. Historic Firestone Stadium is home to the Racers and numerous amateur events at all levels of play. The Racers kick-off their 11th season of play in 2012.
 
About National Pro Fastpitch: National Pro Fastpitch is headquartered in Nashville, TN. The league, created to give elite female fastpitch players the opportunity to pursue a professional career in their chosen sport, has operated since 1997 under the names of Women’s Pro Fastpitch (WPF) and Women’s Pro Softball League (WPSL). NPF is the Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball in the category of women’s fastpitch softball since 2002.
 
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