New Additions to the 2016 Meijer State Games of Michigan Lineup

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Contact:         Jesse Campbell – Meijer State Games of Michigan

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Eric Engelbarts – Meijer State Games of Michigan

P: (616) 233-3563 C: (616) 826-4385      eengelbarts@westmisports.com

 

New Additions to the 2016 Meijer State Games of Michigan Lineup

Summer Games Registration Now Open

 

Grand Rapids, Mich. May 17, 2016 – The Meijer State Games of Michigan has added two new sports to the Summer Games lineup including pinball and weightlifting. The 2016 Summer Games will also include three new divisions: flag football, 16U boy’s hockey, and beach wrestling. This year’s lineup will offer 42 sports with anticipation of hosting over 8,000 athletes. 

Along with the new additions, the Meijer State Games of Michigan will return two sports to this year’s event. Soccer will return after not running in 2015, along with ultimate {Frisbee} that has not been hosted since 2013.

The new additions of flag football, 16U boy’s hockey, ultimate {Frisbee}, and weightlifting, are all scheduled to take place on the main weekend of the Summer Games, which is June 23-26. The beach wrestling event, which is in partnership with Beast of the Beach, will be the next new addition to be introduced with the tournament taking place on July 9.

Beast of the Beach director, Ken Meinhardt talked about partnering their event with the Summer Games lineup for the first time stating, “Partnering with the Meijer State Games of Michigan is a great opportunity for us. We look forward to increasing the popularity of beach wrestling in Michigan in anticipation of the State Games of America in 2017. Beach wrestling is a unique sport and the partnership with the Meijer State Games of Michigan will help us reach our goal of popularizing the sport of wrestling around the Midwest.”

The new addition of the pinball tournament will follow taking place on the weekend of July 21-23, while the returning soccer tournament will be on July 30-31.

CrossFit and table tennis will not be included in this 2016 sports lineup.

More information on the 2016 Summer Games events will be released in the upcoming weeks. 

Registration is currently open for the majority of the Meijer State Games sports with the online deadline for the main weekend being Wednesday, June 22. For information on more registration deadlines and how to register for the 2016 Meijer State Games of Michigan visit http://stategamesofmichigan.com/Register.

The Meijer State Games of Michigan relies on the support of thousands of volunteers. For more information on how to volunteer please go online to 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, MyWay Storage, Hot

FM 105.3, Lacks Enterprises, Neurocore, Peppinos, SIBSCO, SOS, Teleperformance, Heglund Sova Realty, Life EMS, Marks Photo and Video, Tele Rad, and The GR Shop.

Sponsorship opportunities are always available for any budget. Email stategames@westmisports.com for more information.

The Meijer State Games of Michigan totaled 7,867 athletes in 2015 and looks to continue this growth by offering 42 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 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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