The Ohio Machine will be decked out in all-black uniforms during its upcoming July 26 Rotary Night showdown against the Denver Outlaws, a move which will mark the first time in club history the squad hasn’t worn blue or white jerseys.
The change is part of an attempt to “blackout polio” as each Machine player will sign his game-worn jersey and all 19 player jerseys, and a team-signed jersey, will be auctioned off online. The proceeds from the auction will benefit Rotary International and its quest to stamp out the disease.
“The Machine is proud to partner with Rotary International to support a great cause and help to eradicate polio,” Ohio Machine President and General Manager John Algie said in release published on the team’s official website.
The auction will start at 3 p.m. the Monday following the game and end 10 days later, on August 7 at 3 p.m. More information about the auction can be found by visiting theohiomachine.com/blackjerseys.
Rotary International has been committed to ending polio since 1979. Since then, Rotary International and its partners have reduced the cases of polio by 99 percent worldwide. Through donation and funds raised, Rotary International has helped immunize more the two billion children against polio in 122 countries.
Single game tickets for the July 26 game against Denver start at $12 and can be purchased by calling 614-754-1973 or visiting www.theohiomachine.com/tickets.
Theohiomachine.com contributed to this report.