Aaron's af2 Dream Team Announced
August 14, 2009 - arenafootball2 (af2) News Release
CHICAGO - While the two teams that will be competing in the 2009 ArenaCup - the arenafootball2 (af2) league's 10th anniversary championship - are still yet to be determined, there is one team that has been assured a trip to Las Vegas. The Aaron's af2 Dream Team will ascend upon Las Vegas during the 2009 ArenaCup Weekend (August 20-22) with numerous appearances and performances.
The special 12-member all-star dance and promotional team, an exciting new addition to this year's ArenaCup festivities, will be involved in a number of ArenaCup10 activities including performing during halftime of the championship game and appearances throughout the weekend of events.
Throughout the final eight (8) weeks of the regular season, af2 fans had the opportunity to vote for their favorite team dancers. The top vote getter for each squad represents their team on the Aaron's af2 Dream Team. More than 45,000 votes were registered on af2.com earning the following dancers spots on the 2009 Aaron's af2 Dream Team:
Katie Green Bay Blizzard
McKenzy Quad City Steamwheelers
Autumn Tulsa Talons
Amy Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pioneers
Chantel Spokane Shock
Alyssa Manchester Wolves
Nicole Peoria Pirates
Tanya Milwaukee Iron
Shellie Boise Burn
Laura Rio Grande Valley Dorados
Lee Stockton Lightning
Lacey Iowa Barnstormers
"We're very pleased that Aaron's has partnered with the af2," said af2 President Jerry Kurz. "We are equally excited about the Aaron's Dream Team and how the addition of this special group will enhance our ArenaCup festivities."
Ken Butler, COO of Aaron's said, "It's been an exciting season and we had great response in the Vote for your favorite Aaron's af2 Dream Team' contest. We look forward to an equally responsive turnout for the 2009 Arena Cup Weekend festivities." Butler went on to encourage employees and voting participants alike to turn out or tune in for the event August 20-22 and support their favorite dancer, the competing teams, and Aaron's. "This has been a wonderful partnership and it has been a great privilege to work with the af2."
The 2009 af2 playoffs continue this Saturday, August 15 with the American and National Conference Championship games. On the American side, the No. 1 seed Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pioneers host the No. 6 seed Green Bay Blizzard at 7 PM ET. The No. 1 seed Spokane Shock host the No. 2 seed Tulsa Talons at 10 PM ET on the National side. The winners advance to the 2009 ArenaCup Championship game next Saturday, August 22 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.
Tickets to the 2009 ArenaCup are available by visiting www.orleansarena.com, all Coast Casinos box offices, The Galleria at Sunset or by calling 800-675-3267 and mention code: ARENACUP.
Aaron's, Inc. (NYSE: AAN), the nation's leader in the sales and lease ownership and specialty retailing of residential and office furniture, consumer electronics, home appliances and accessories, has more than 1,630 Company-operated and franchised stores in 48 states and Canada. Founded in 1955 by entrepreneur R. Charles Loudermilk, Sr. and headquartered in Atlanta, Aaron's has been publicly traded since 1982.
In Week 21 (2009 Playoffs - Conference Championships) of its 10th anniversary season with a 25-team membership, af2 serves as a vehicle to bring Arena Football to small-to-midsize cities and as a developmental league with an unmatched history of sending players, coaches and officials to major professional football leagues each year. Log on to www.af2.com for more information.
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