Contact:         Eric Engelbarts – Meijer State Games of Michigan, Executive Director
                     P: (616) 608-1837 C: (616) 826-4385   

                      Sarah Newman – Meijer State Games of Michigan, Public Relations
                      P: (248) 321-8802


Media Guide Now Available

Grand Rapids, Mich., Feb. 2, 2017 – The Meijer State Games of Michigan – 2017 Winter Games continue this weekend with Racquetball and the Winter Try-Athlon. Racquetball will be played at The Riverview Athletic Club (4940 Plainfield Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI); the Try-Athlon will be held at the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex (462 N Scenic Dr., Muskegon, MI).

The Media Guide for the 2017 Winter Games is now available. It can be found on our website,, or view the attachment. Press pass credentials are still available for media. To register for a press pass, please email

Racquetball kicks off the weekend at 9:00 am on Saturday, February 4. Registration for this event is closed, but you can watch the competition on site. You can also check out for live scoring of results. There are 6 divisions that athletes will be competing in: women’s singles, men’s singles, junior singles, women’s doubles, men’s doubles, and mixed doubles.

The Winter Try-Athlon, new to the Games, will take place on Sunday, February 5. The event consists of Speed Skating, Luge, and Cross Country Skiing. Serious competitors as well as individuals with little or no experience are encouraged to participate. Check in and on-site registration begins at 10:00 a.m. Day of the race sign-ups will end at 11:30 a.m. The competition starts with a ski and skate clinic at 10:30 a.m. For more information about the day’s events, or to register, please visit

The Meijer State Games of Michigan Winter Games sponsors include: Meijer, Metro Health Sports Medicine, Subway, Lake Michigan Credit Union, MyWay Storage, Cannonsburg Ski & Ride Area, Peppino’s, Lacks Enterprises, SOS Rehydrate, The GR Shop, SIBSCO, Life EMS, Heglund Sova Realty, and Mark’s Photo & Video.

Sponsorship opportunities are always available for any budget, email for sponsorship information.

Volunteers are still needed to help the Games run smoothly. Volunteer opportunities include assisting with operations, registration, meal delivery, set-up and tear down, as well as many more. To learn more or to volunteer, visit our volunteer page (  


About the Meijer State Games of Michigan: Modeled after the Olympics, the Meijer State Games of Michigan welcomes athletes regardless of age or ability level, 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 2017 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 568 sporting events and tournaments that attracted 880,000 athletes and visitors, generating more than $240 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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