A group of Republicans are among those welcoming the thousands of athletes and fans who have descended on Cleveland and neighboring Akron for Gay Games 9.

President Barack Obama helped open the quad-annual event, described as a celebration of sport and culture. Appearing on The Q's large screen on Saturday, Obama told the crowd assembled for the games' opening ceremonies that the “United States stands with you and your human rights.”

(Related: Obama helps open Gay Games 9.)

Rob Frost, chairman of the Cuyahoga County Republicans, told The Plain Dealer that his group will be handing out red water bottles with the word “refreshing” on them and the GOP logo at its booth at the games.

“We hope people do find it refreshing,” Frost told the paper on Sunday. “What a great opportunity with the Gay Games coming to Cleveland to welcome the athletes and fans, not just to the Gay Games and not just to Cleveland, but to welcome gays and lesbians to the Republican Party.”