The Akron Aviators host the visiting Shizuoka Gymrats from Japan Saturday, February 9th at the Innes Community Learning Center. Tickets are just $10 for adults and all student tickets and concessions are free, courtesy of our partner Anthem. Doors open at 6:30pm with a 7:00pm tip-off.

The Gymrats, run by Takuya Okada, play out of Shizuoka, a city located on the Pacific coast of Japan. The Gymrats, Asia’s only ABA team, make their annual 3 week tour of the US, playing teams from across the country. They run a training camp and program in Japan and help develop many of Japan’s next basketball stars.

This is our fourth time hosting the Gymrats. It’s a huge honor that of all the teams they ask to come play us. I spent time in Japan on a few tours and other events in the music business and it’s a beautiful culture. I look forward to this game every year. Anthem is a tremendous supporter and partner. They see our vision to give back and entertain the community and have been very generous and supportive. Who doesn’t like free food?

Brian “Essince” Collins, Owner/Co-Founder, Akron Aviators

“Anthem BCBS Ohio is excited to provide free concessions and admission for the students during the game. We’re happy to continue working with the Aviators this season.”

Hanan Elbeitam Brown, Anthem Marketing Strategy Director, Medicaid Growth & Engagement