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323 babies born in Akron during NBA Finals getting free tires


Now that the 2016 NBA Finals are all said and done with LeBron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers triumphing over Stephen Curry’s Golden State Warriors, 323 babies who can also boast to being “Akron Born” are about to receive a new set of tires.

Akron-based Goodyear Tire and Rubber announced in early June that to celebrate the birthplace of James and Curry, babies born in Akron-area hospitals during the NBA Finals — — or more accurately, their proud parents —  would receive a set of four tires, an “AkronBorn” onesie and car seat in order to get “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, as his father Dell was a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers at the time of his birth.

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 didn’t stop Goodyear Tire from including him along with the unquestioned King of Akron in the promotion.

“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 to announce the promotion. “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.”

The births according to gender and hospital broke down as follows, via

Summa Akron City Hospital: 82 boys, 82 girls

Cleveland Clinic Akron General: 90 boys, 69 girls 

Congrats to all the newborns and their parents, a majority of whom undoubtedly are thrilled with King James and Company breaking Cleveland’s 52-year major sports championship drought.