Grand Rapids, Mich., Jun. 18, 2014 – The Meijer State Games of Michigan’s fifth annual Summer Games are almost here. The Summer Games are taking place June 20–22, and will feature 39 different sports taking place in West Michigan with 7,000 athletes expected to participate. The schedule of events is finalized and the Meijer State Games are ready to bring the Olympic Summer Games experience to Michigan.


“The Meijer State Games of Michigan evokes such a strong sense of community and state pride in its participants, as well as the thousands of spectators who attend,” said Doug Meijer, co-chairman of the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer. “Meijer is strongly committed to helping the community become a better place to live, work and play, and we believe the State Games achieves that goal.”


“The Meijer State Games of Michigan is a signature event of the West Michigan Sports Commission,” said Mike Guswiler, president of the West Michigan Sports Commission. “It is our mission to bring youth and amateur athletes into our community and create an economic impact through visitor spending. The fifth annual Summer Games will accomplish this goal starting on Friday.”


To kick off the fifth annual Meijer State Games of Michigan Summer Games, Opening Ceremonies will be held at Fifth Third Ballpark, 4500 West River Dr., Comstock Park, Mich. 49321, from 7-8 p.m. June 20. The free Opening Ceremonies festivities will include Olympic-Day, Athlete check-in, Athlete Village, the running of the 5K, and the Opening Ceremonies parade. The program will feature the Detroit Pistons Drumline, arrival of the torch, lighting of the cauldron, an athlete’s pledge, and skydivers (weather permitting). The first 2,000 athletes to attend Opening Ceremonies at and check-in will receive several sponsor giveaways. For a complete schedule of the Opening Ceremonies and how to attend, please visit


For complete event details and notables, see the attached document or visit


There is still time for you to take part in the Meijer State Games of Michigan Summer Games and live the Olympic experience. On-site registration will be available for some sports. Please visit for more information on registration or see attached document on registration deadlines.


Press pass credentials passes are still available for media. To register for a press pass, please email


The Meijer State Games of Michigan Summer Games sponsors include: Meijer, Subway, Metro Health, MyWay, Fox Motors, Huntington, Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Care Network of Michigan, MC Sports, Lacks Enterprises, Sibsco, Kendall College of Art & Design, Peppino’s, Pepsi., Downtown Grand Rapids INC, Michigan Office Solutions, The GR Shop, Cel Factor, Heglund Sova, ADAC Automotive, Marks Photo and Video, Discovery Financial LLC, and Tele-Rad.


In 2013, the Meijer State Games of Michigan – Summer Games offered 34 sports, bringing more than 6,500 athletes from 73 Michigan counties to West Michigan. An independent economic impact survey revealed that Meijer State Games of Michigan participants spent an average of $483 per family and injected more than $2.7 million into the local economy.



About the Meijer State Games of Michigan:


Modeled after the Olympics, the Meijer State Games of Michigan welcomes athletes regardless of age or ability, and embodies the values of participation, sportsmanship and healthy living among residents 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.


About the West Michigan Sports Commission:


The West Michigan Sports Commission, a non-profit 501 (c) (3), works to identify, secure and host a diverse level of youth and amateur sporting events to positively impact the economy and quality of life in the region. Since its inception in 2007, the WMSC has booked nearly 300 sporting events and tournaments that attracted 315,000 athletes and visitors, generating more than $100 million in direct visitor spending. Visit for more information.

Media Contacts

West Michigan Sports Commission:

Katy Tigchelaar

Kim Skeltis, Blue Blaze PR

Meijer State Games of Michigan:

Eric Engelbarts, II

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