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The Together Story

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In the summer of 1999 a new professional sports team came to Akron. The Akron Racers was born under the ownership and direction of Joey Arrietta, a longtime women's softball coach and player. The Racers joined the new, developing Women's Professional Fastpitch Softball League of seven teams and quickly became a force to be reckoned with in this new professional sport.

The Racers home field is the newly renovated Firestone Stadium - home for many years of the Akron industrial softball leagues. The City of Akron recognized the potential of Firestone Stadium as a site for the newly formed team and provided the necessary support to bring the stadium up to professional standards. Today the facility is among the best in the league. The Racers became involved in many aspects of women's softball including hosting several college team events and local school tournaments. The Racers have become a part of the sports fabric of the greater Akron community.

In addition to their sports activity, the Racers and their owner have become part of the philanthropic community as well. Supporting several organizations that involve or address women's issues in our community, the Racers are frequently seen at community events and fundraisers. WQMX's Bosom Buddies is one project that the Racers have supported since its inception. Breast Cancer detection and support is a high priority of the team and it's ownership. "Every year we look for ways to help women in our community obtain access to mammogram screening and treatment services," says team owner Joey Arrietta. "Therefore, I was excited to get involved with Akron General's Muffins for Mammogram's Program. This is exactly what we were looking for - a community based project that directly benefits women; one that is making a difference in the health of women in our community."

That's how Together got started. The Akron Racers, its ownership and Akron General Medical Center have come together to improve the health and lives of the women (and men) in the greater Akron area. Members of a steering team researched ways to continue and expand the breast screening and treatment programs began with the Muffins program. The result is the Together project. You can make an impact, by purchasing Together items or donating to our Pink Bucket Campaign during each Racers game. Profits are directed to the Breast Health Center at Akron General to support diagnostic, treatment and education services for women in our community.

"Together" we can make a difference in treating this deadly disease.

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