Meijer State Games of Michigan Announces Inaugural All-Michigan Athlete and State Champ Recognition Program

Grand Rapids, Mich., July 21, 2015 – At the conclusion of the sixth annual Meijer State Games of Michigan – Summer Games, the executives for the Meijer State Games announced their inaugural All-Michigan Athlete and State Champ Recognition Program.

The Meijer State Games of Michigan is recognizing the achievements of its athletes by launching the All-Michigan Athlete and State Champ honor programs. 2015 marks the inaugural year of the acknowledgement. 

The All-Michigan Athlete honorees comprise the gold medal winners in individual events from the 2015 Winter and Summer Games.

The State Champs list has all of the gold medal teams from the 2015 Winter and Summer Games.

"The All-Michigan Athlete and State Champs designations are a great way to honor athletes that may not be able to gain statewide recognition through traditional means,” said Eric Engelbarts, Executive Director of the Meijer State Games of Michigan. “This especially applies to those athletes that are competing in non-traditional sports that are not recognized at the high school varsity level."

For more information on the All-Michigan Athlete and State Champs program and a list of honorees, please visit www.stategamesofmichigan.com/athlete.

In 2015, the Meijer State Games of Michigan ran a total of 59 sports and hosted almost 10,000 athletes from across the state of Michigan. For more information about the Meijer State Games of Michigan, please visit our website: 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 400 sporting events and tournaments that attracted 550,000 athletes and visitors, generating more than $145 million in direct visitor spending. Visit 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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