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‘Akron Born’ LeBron James, Stephen Curry inspire free tire giveaway


Most folks are well aware of the fact that LeBron James was born in Akron, Ohio. But in an interesting aside, Stephen Curry also greeted the world for the first time from the same Ohio town, as his father Dell was a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers at the time of his birth.

This confluence of births — along with congruence with the two NBA superstars facing off with a championship on the line — has inspired Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. to hold a promotion where any baby born in one of three Akron-area hospitals during the NBA Finals — or more accurately, their parents — will receive a pretty nifty gift package.

Via the Akron Beacon Journal:

Parents of children born in Akron-area hospitals starting at 12:01 a.m. Thursday through June 19 (the date for Game 7 of the Finals, if it gets that far) will receive, courtesy of Goodyear:

• A set of four tires.

• An “Akron Born” onesie for their child.

• A car seat.

Goodyear announced the promotion will help celebrate the birthplace of James and Curry — who have been dubbed “Akron Born” — “by getting the next generation of Akron greats off to a winning start.”

James was born Dec. 30, 1984, at Akron City Hospital, now Summa Akron City Hospital. Curry, meanwhile, was born on March 14, 1988, at the very same hospital. Curry of course has since adopted Charlotte, N.C., as his hometown, as it was where he spent much of his formative years while his dad played for the Hornets.

But that can’t take away where he was born, though.

“Akron is a special place and Goodyear wants to celebrate the great things that are born here,” Seth Klugherz, Goodyear’s director of North America marketing, said in a news release. “The support we have received from our community partners truly represents the foundation of this program and we are excited to recognize this in an impactful way that will produce delightful moments for some deserving families.”

While most of Akron’s residents will presumably be rooting for LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals, it’s interesting to note that at least the city will be able to boast for the second consecutive year that someone born there is an NBA champion.