Gems Change Preseason Promotion, Make Donation To Diabetes Dayton
Team Withdraws "Salute To Steve Bartman Night" After Controversy
Dayton, Ohio – The Dayton Gems, members of the Central Hockey League, announced that they have withdrawn plans to salute Steve Bartman during the team's lone home preseason matchup, and will be instead making a donation to Diabetes Dayton in Steve's honor.
Announced late last week, "Salute to Steve Bartman Night", the Gems planned preseason promotion intended to raise awareness for affordable family entertainment, had spread quickly across the Internet, ultimately garnering national media attention. Ultimately, and made in the best interest of Mr. Bartman, and in keeping with the original intent, the team has withdrawn the promotion, effective immediately.
Elaborating further on the change, Dayton Gems team president Joe Greene noted “It was not our intention to cause any undue burden upon Mr. Bartman while attempting to raise awareness of the importance of providing a family friendly atmosphere in the world of professional sports"
In addition to the promotion change, the Gems have pledged to support Mr. Bartman's well-known charity work with juvenile diabetes by making a monetary contribution to local non-profit organization Diabetes Dayton in Mr. Bartman's name when the team hosts its first annual Gems Charity Golf Tournament benefiting Diabetes Dayton this Saturday afternoon.