2016 Meijer State Games of Michigan - Summer Games Details Released

Contact:         Jesse Campbell– Meijer State Games of Michigan

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                    Eric Engelbarts – Meijer State Games of Michigan

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2016 Meijer State Games of Michigan – Summer Games Details Released

2016 Media Guide Now Available

Grand Rapids, Mich., June 2, 2016 – The Meijer State Games Summer Games schedule has now been released. The 2016 edition will provide 42 sports and will look to host around 8,000 athletes at 45 venues all across West Michigan. The Meijer State Games of Michigan continues to grow, allowing individuals of all ages and abilities the opportunity to compete.

“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 2016 Summer Games will be spread across five weekends starting on June 17-19. The main weekend will be on June 23-26, where more than 37 sports will take place, along with opening ceremonies on June 24. The Summer Games will then wind down with a tennis tournament on July 1-3, a soccer tournament on July 30-31, and the Michigan USAC Mountain Bike Championship presented by Bell’s Brewing on August 6-7.

Opening ceremonies will take place on June 24 at Fifth Third Ballpark, and include a variety of events throughout the day. The event will begin with athlete check-in from 2-7 p.m., along with the athlete village from 4-7 p.m. located in the north parking lot of the ballpark. The opening ceremonies program will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will be highlighted by former America’s Got Talent winner, the Olate Dogs show. The opening ceremonies program will also include an athlete’s parade, an introduction of Olympians, the national anthem winner’s performance, the athlete’s pledge, and the lighting of the Cauldron.

For more information on the performance by the Olate Dogs, visit http://olatedogs.com/.

The 2016 media guide is now available and can be viewed on the Meijer State Games of Michigan website, http://stategamesofmichigan.com/News, or see attachment.

To register for a media credential please email jcampbell@westmisports.com.

The schedule and venue for each sporting event taking place during the 2016 Summer Games are listed below:

  • 5K (East Kentwood High School)
    • 6230 Kalamazoo Ave SE, Kentwood MI 49508
    • June 23, 2016
  • Archery – FITA (Rockford High School Freshman Center)
    • 4500 Kroes, Rockford MI 49341
    • June 25-26, 2016
  • Archery – 3D (Sparta Hunting & Fishing Club)
    • 13218 Long Lake Dr., Sparta MI 49345
    • June 24-25, 2016
  • Badminton (Lowell Senior High School)
    • 11700 Vergennes St. SE, Lowell MI 49331
    • June 25, 2016
  • Baseball (Art Van Sports Complex)
    • 3300 Ten Mile Rd., Rockford MI 49341
    • June 24-26, 2016
  • Basketball – HS Boys (GVSU Fieldhouse)
    • 10915 North Campus Drive, Allendale MI 49401
    • June 24-25, 2016
  • Basketball – HS Girls and Youth (East Kentwood High School)
    • 6230 Kalamazoo Ave SE, Kentwood MI 49508
    • June 25-26, 2016
  • BMX – Olympic (Rock City BMX)
    • 3300 10 Mile Road, Rockford MI 49341
    • June 25, 2016
  • BMX – Freestyle (Grand Haven Skate Park)
    • 1001 S Harbor Dr., Grand Haven MI 49417
    • June 25, 2016
  • Bocce Ball (Noto’s Old World Italian Dining)
    • 6600 28th Street SE, Grand Rapids MI 49546
    • June 23-25, 2016
  • Bowling (Spectrum Lanes)
    • 5656 Clyde Park Ave. SW, Wyoming MI 49509
    • June 26, 2016
  • Boxing (St. Mary’s Activity Center)
    • 526 Broadway N.W., Grand Rapids MI 49504
    • June 25, 2016
  • Cricket (Brewer Park)
    • 399 84th St., Byron Center MI 49315
    • June 25-26, 2016
  • Disc Golf (Brewer Park)
    • 399 84th St., Byron Center MI 49315
    • June 25-26, 2016
  • Field Hockey (East Grand Rapids High School)
    • 2211 Lake Drive SE, Grand Rapids MI 49503
    • June 25, 2016
  • Figure Skating (Patterson Ice Arena)
    • 2250 Patterson Ave. SE, Grand Rapids MI 49546
    • June 24-26, 2016
  • Football – 7-on-7 (Grand River Riverfront Park)
    • 12570 Grand River Dr. SE, Lowell MI 49331
    • June 26, 2016
  • Football – Flag (Grandville High School)
    • 4700 Canal Ave. SW, Grandville MI 49418
    • June 25, 2016
  • Golf (Cedar Chase Golf Club)
    • 7551 17 Mile Rd. NE, Cedar Springs MI 49319
    • June 24-25, 2016
  • Hockey – High School (Southside Ice Arena)
    • 566 100th St. SW, Byron Center MI 49315
    • June 23-26, 2016
  • Hockey – 19U Girls and Youth (Georgetown Ice Arena, Walker Ice and Fitness Center, Holland Edge Ice Arena, and Girff’s Ice House)
    • Georgetown Ice Center – 8500 48th Ave., Hudsonville MI 49426
    • Walker Ice and Fitness Center – 4151 Remembrance Rd. NW, Walker MI 49534
    • Holland Edge Ice Arena – 4444 Holland Ave., Holland MI 49424
    • Griff’s Ice House – 30 Coldbrook St. NE, Grand Rapids MI 49503
    • June 23-26, 2016
  • Horseshoes (Wedgewood Park)
    • 3391 Wilson Ave SW, Grandville MI 49418
    • June 25, 2016
  • Judo (Kroc Center)
    • 2500 S. Division Ave., Grand Rapids, MI 49507
    • June 25, 2016
  • Karate (Saint Anthony of Padua)
    • 2510 Richmond St. NW, Grand Rapids MI 49504
    • June 25, 2016
  • Lacrosse – Girls (Grand Valley State University)
    • 1 Campus Drive, Allendale MI 49401-9403
    • June 18-19, 2016
  • Mountain Biking (Art Van Sports Complex)
    • 3300 Ten Mile Road, Rockford MI 49341
    • August 6-7, 2016
  • Pickleball (MVP Fieldhouse)
    • 5435 28th Street Court, Grand Rapids MI 49546
    • June 24-26, 2016
  • Pinball (One East Main)
    • 1 East Main Street, Freemont MI 49412
    • July 21-23, 2016
  • Racquetball (Riverview Athletic Club)
    • 4940 Plainfield Ave. NE, Grand Rapids MI 49525
    • June 25, 2016
  • Rowing (Riverside Park)
    • 2001 Monroe Ave. NE, Grand Rapids MI 49505
    • June 25, 2016
  • Rugby (East Kentwood High School)
    • 6230 Kalamazoo Ave., Kentwood MI 49508
    • June 25, 2016
  • Shooting Sports – Skeet (Rockford Sportsman Club)
    • 11115 Northland Drive NE, Rockford MI 49341
    • June 25, 2016
  • Shooting Sports – SBR (Rockford Sportsman Club)
    • 11115 Northland Drive NE, Rockford MI 49341
    • June 26, 2016
  • Shooting Sports – Sporting Clays (Caledonia Sportsman Club)
    • 10721 Coldwater Ave. SE, Alto MI 49302
    • June 18, 2016
  • Skateboarding (Grand Haven Skate Park)
    • 1 Y Park, Grand Haven MI 49417
    • June 25, 2016
  • Soccer (MVP Fieldhouse)
    • 5435 28th Street Court SE, Grand Rapids MI 49546
    • July 30-31, 2016
  • Softball – Girls Fastpitch (Whistlestop Park)
    • 2120 76th St., Byron Center MI 49315
    • June 25-26, 2016
  • Softball – Men’s (Huff Park)
    • 2286 Ball Ave. NE, Grand Rapids MI 49505
    • June 25-26, 2016
  • Softball – Coed (Rec Sports Complex)
    • 5760 W River Dr. NE, Belmont MI 49306
    • June 25, 2016
  • Swimming (East Kentwood High School – Aquatics Center)
    • 6230 Kalamazoo Ave. SE, Grand Rapids MI 49508
    • June 25, 2016
  • Synchronized Swimming (East Kentwood High School – Aquatics Center)
    • 6230 Kalamazoo Ave. SE, Kentwood MI 49508
    • June 19, 2016
  • Tae Kwon Do (Cornerstone University)
    • 1001 East Beltline NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
    • June 25, 2016
  • Tennis (DeWitt Tennis Center - Hope College)
    • 301 Fairbanks Ave., Holland MI 49423
    • July 1-3, 2016
  • Track and Field (Comstock Park High School)
    • 150 6 Mile Rd. NE, Comstock Park MI 49321
    • June 25, 2016
  • Ultimate {Frisbee} (Pinewood Middle School)
    • 2100 60th Street, Grand Rapids MI 49508
    • June 25, 2016
  • Volleyball – Beach (The Score)
    • 5301 Northland Dr. NE, Grand Rapids MI 49525
    • June 24, 2016
  • Wakeboarding (Action Wake Park)
    • 3320 Hudson Trails Drive, Hudsonville MI 49426
    • June 25, 2016
  • Water Skiing (Millennium Park)
    • 1415 Maynard Ave. SW, Grand Rapids MI 49534
    • June 25, 2016
  • Weightlifting (CrossFit Grand Rapids)
    • 2945 Hillcroft Ave. SW, Grand Rapids MI 49548
    • June 25, 2016
  • Wresting – Beach (Grand Haven State Park)
    • 1001 South Harbor Ave., Grand Haven MI 49417
    • July 9, 2016
  • Wrestling – Indoor (Caledonia High School)
    • 9050 Kraft Ave. SE, Caledonia MI 49316
    • June 25, 2016

 

The 2016 Summer Games venue map can be viewed at http://stategamesofmichigan.com/venue, and for more information on the sports lineup you can visit http://stategamesofmichigan.com/sports.

For information on registration and fees please visit http://stategamesofmichigan.com/Register. Specific event information can be found at http://stategamesofmichigan.com/eventinfo

The Meijer State Games of Michigan has volunteer opportunities as well. Volunteer needs currently are: Meal deliveries, assisting with sports tournaments, opening ceremonies assistance, athlete check-in volunteer’s, and set-up/tear down assistance. For information on volunteer opportunities please visit http://stategamesofmichigan.com/volunteer.

Current sponsors of the 2016 Meijer State Games of Michigan include: Meijer, Subway, Metro Health Sports Medicine, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Fox Motors, MC Sports, MOS, MyWay Storage, Hot FM 105.3, Lacks Enterprises, Neurocore, Peppinos, SIBSCO, SOS, Teleperformance, Heglund Sova Realty Inc., Lake Michigan Credit Union, Life EMS, Marks Photo and Video, Tele Rad, and The GR Shop.

The Meijer State Games of Michigan totaled 7,867 athletes in 2015 and looks to continue this growth by offering 40 + sports in this year’s Summer Games event. For more information on the Meijer State Games of Michigan, visit our website at www.stategamesofmichigan.com.

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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. In August 2017, the Meijer State Games of Michigan will play host to the State Games of America.

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 500 sporting events and tournaments that attracted 650,000 athletes and visitors, generating more than $190 million in direct visitor spending. Visit http://www.westmisports.com 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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