WEST MICHIGAN SPORTS COMMISSION SUBMITS BID TO HOST STATE GAMES OF AMERICA
Grand Rapids, Mich., May 29, 2014 - The West Michigan Sports Commission (WMSC), Experience Grand Rapids and the Meijer State Games of Michigan recently submitted a bid to host the State Games of America in 2017.
The State Games of America (SGA), a National Congress of State Games (NCSG) event, is an Olympic-style event featuring competition between State Games medal winners (gold, silver, bronze) from across the nation. Under the SGA format, all residents of the host state are eligible to participate along with State Games participants from all other states who’ve earned a medal in the two years leading up to the State Games of America. An estimated 8,000 in-state and 5,000 out-of-state athletes would participate if Grand Rapids, Mich. was chosen as the home of the SGA 2017. Grand Rapids would host more than 50 sports with all sporting facilities being within a 30 minute drive of downtown Grand Rapids.
“The success and growth of the Meijer State Games of Michigan as a signature event of the sports commission has positioned us well in successfully hosting the State Games of America.” said Mike Guswiler, president of the WMSC. “The anticipated additional 5,000 out-of-state athletes, to our already popular games with more than 7,000 Michigan residents is expected to generate over $5 million dollars of direct spending in our community, should we receive the nod to host in 2017.” Guswiler added.
By June 20, the NCSG will announce which of the bidding cities will receive site visits. Following the site visit, the chosen cities will be presented to the NCSG in October at the NCSG Symposium.
In addition to Grand Rapids, Mich., the other bidding cities are: Lincoln, Neb., San Diego, Calif., Hampton Roads, Va. and Oklahoma City, Okla. The 2015 SGA will take place in Lincoln, Neb.
For more information about the State Games of America, visit: www.sga2015.com.
About the Meijer State Games of Michigan: Modeled after the Olympics, the Meijer State Games of Michigan welcomes athletes regardless of age or ability. The Games embody the values of participation, sportsmanship and healthy living among resident of Michigan. A signature event of the West Michigan Sports Commission, the Meijer State Games of Michigan is truly a grassroots organization that relies on the dedication of
thousands of volunteers and the support of corporate partners. To register for the 2014 Meijer State Games of Michigan, please visit www.StateGamesofMichigan.com.
About the West Michigan Sports Commission: Established in 2007, the West Michigan Sports Commission has worked with more than 350 events that have brought over 300,000 people into the community and generated an economic impact of more than $100 million from visitor spending.
About the National Congress of State Games: The National Congress of State Games (NCSG) is a membership organization comprised of 31 Summer State Games and 10 Winter State Games organizations and a member of the United States Olympic Committee's Multi Sport Organizational Council. The mission of the NCSG is to support State Games member organizations in the promotion of health, fitness and character building through Olympic-Style competitions and physical activities.
The NCSG is also the rights holder of the State Games of America, an Olympic-style event featuring competition between State Games medal winners (gold, silver, bronze) from across the nation.