One of the great things about living in Kent is being able to live the “small town” lifestyle with all the conveniences of big cities thanks to our close proximity to Akron and Cleveland. A 15 minute drive west takes you into downtown Akron and a 40 minute drive north takes right into downtown Cleveland. And those cities are great about reaching out to the small cities in the region, like Kent — and last Saturday night, the Indiana Pacers came into the Q to take on LeBron and company and we were there to witness the action as about 30 Kent recreation department cheerleaders (including my daughter) took center court minutes before tip off to whip the crowd into the usual pregame frenzy. Kent’s kids did great and so did the Cavs rolling over the Pacers 107-75.
So when you’re out there talking up Kent to your friends, family and business contacts, be sure to tell them that the Kent community has connections with our big city neighbors that will allow them, and their kids, opportunities that kids could never have in other small cities. The Cavaliers do a great job showing their support for Kents’ recreation programs (and Kent parks and recreation does a great job promoting those programs), with both the cheerleaders and the basketball players having had opportunties to get on the floor and have a taste of professional sports.
The girls even got on the Fox Television Network that broadcast the pre-game show. How cool is that for a bunch of 9 year olds dreaming of being big stars someday!
The kids have had the same opportunities at Kent State events, with the cheerleaders doing half-time shows at the women’s and men’s basketball games and even a football game this fall.
These are those little things that make Kent such a great place to raise kids. We have the best of both worlds, small city lifestyle with big city amenities. And trust me, the kids love it.