Test driving a Chevy benefits Westerner summer ball program

Posted May 8, 2014 at 5:00 am

By Julie Ann Madden

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Giving their younger siblings a ride in this 2014 Chevrolet Camaro is not a problem for Westerner baseball players Caleb Colt and Jake Neubrand. That the ride raises funds for their siblings’ summer ball programs is an added bonus, too. Their parents are pretty happy to test drive a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado. Westerner ball players and their families invite all to take a test drive on Saturday, May 17 at Total Motors in Akron. From left: (at Camaro:) Jordan Neubrand, Chloee Colt, Caleb Colt, Jake Neubrand, Jackson Neubrand, Tayte Colt, and (in pickup:) Jaime and Keith Colt and Melissa Neubrand.

It truly will be “Baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet” at Total Motors on Saturday, May 17.

From 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., any one who tests drives a Chevrolet at the local dealership will actually be enhancing the Westerner Summer Ball Program, which is operated by the Akron Parks & Recreation Board.

Every test drive at Total Motors earns another $25 for the city’s ball program. It’s that simple. Show up at Total Motors and take a test drive.

And it’ll be a drive of a lifetime for many as the featured Chevrolet is a 2014 Camaro Super Sport with a 6.2 liter engine and 460 hp straight from the factory. And if the engine doesn’t catch one’s attention, its yellow two-door convertible with black stripes will.

There is also a 2013 red Camaro convertible available for test drives — unless it is sold by May 17.

“Youth baseball provides positive and productive life lessons for young people across America, and the Chevrolet Youth Baseball program is an extension of Chevrolet’s commitment to baseball, community and families,” said Total Motors co-owner Scott Taylor. “Total Motors is bringing that same dedication to youth baseball.”

“There is nothing more American than Chevrolet and baseball and Total Motors wants to combine America’s favorite brand and favorite pastime together for our families in Akron to enjoy,” added Taylor.

2014 marks Chevrolet’s Youth Baseball program’s ninth year, and since its introduction has helped aid local teams, benefiting more than 3.5 million young people in communities where Chevrolet’s customers live, work and play. In 2013, more than 1,600 Chevrolet dealers participated across the country.

Total Motors has presented the Westerner Ball Program with an equipment kit that includes useful items such as bags, batting tees, catcher’s gear, water bottles and Chevrolet Youth Baseball T-shirts. In addition to the new equipment, they have already donated $500 to the program.

The test drives can add up to an additional $500 for summer ball program.

In addition, Total Motors is hosting a luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. this special Saturday. Plus, 120 T-shirts will be given away.

Chevrolet offers this test drive fundraiser to local dealers to help local organizations, said Sales Manager Dave Hill, explaining Total Motors is able to do two such events annually.

“We’d like to have organizations’ members talk to us if they’re interested in having a test drive fundraiser,” said Hill. “Some things qualify; some don’t; and we don’t know which do until we submit the request.”

“Chevrolet vehicles are designed and built for families, so we hope young people and their parents will consider a Chevrolet as an official vehicle of their household,” said Taylor.

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