Campaign has generated nearly $4.3 million in lead gifts toward $6 million Phase I goal


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., November 16, 2011 – Today, West Michigan Sports Commission leadership launched the public phase of the Everyone Wins campaign, a major fundraising effort to build a 12-field championship baseball-softball complex at 10 Mile Road and U.S 131 in Plainfield Township. The organization has raised nearly $4.3 million toward the campaign’s $6 million Phase I goal.


By Chad D. Lerch | M&C


GRAND RAPIDS — West Michigan is capturing its share of the $6 billion national youth and amateur sports tourism bounty, with thousands of gifted athletes converging on the region for competitions.


ESPN or Fox Sports might not be following their every move, but behind every youth or amateur athlete is a traveling posse with cash to spend — pumping millions into local hotels, restaurants, shops and attractions every time they come to town.