Olate Dogs to Perform at 2016 Meijer State Games of Michigan Opening Ceremonies

Contact:         Jesse Campbell – Meijer State Games of Michigan

                        C: (616) 914-2950                                      jcampbell@westmisports.com

                       Eric Engelbarts – Meijer State Games of Michigan

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


Olate Dogs to Perform at 2016 Meijer State Games of Michigan Opening Ceremonies

Grand Rapids, Mich., June 8, 2016 – The opening ceremony for the 2016 Meijer State Games of Michigan Summer Games is on June 24. The ceremony will include a performance from the Olate Dogs, presented by Fox Motors (http://olatedogs.com). The Olate Dogs are the 2012 America’s Got Talent winner and they recently appeared as the halftime show during game two of the NBA Finals. The opening ceremony program will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Fifth Third Ballpark (4500 West River Drive Northeast, Plainfield Township, MI 48321) and will also be broadcasted live online at http://stategamesofmichigan.com/OpeningCeremonies.

The 2016 opening ceremony schedule is listed below:

  • Olympic Day: 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
    • Located at Fifth Third Ballpark
  • Athlete Check-In: 2:00 – 7:00 p.m.
    • Presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Care Network
  • Athlete Village: 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
    • Presented by Funny Business Entertainment Agency
  • Athlete Meal: 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
    • Presented by Subway
  • Parade of Athletes line-up: 7:15 – 7:30 p.m.
    • Line-up located in the left field parking lot
  • Opening Ceremonies Program: 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
    • Broadcasted live by Grand Rapids Community Media Center

The opening ceremonies program, starting at 7:30 p.m. will begin with a parade of the 2016 Meijer State Games of Michigan Summer Games participants. Following the parade will be the performance of the national anthem presented by Heglund Sova Realty Inc. by contest winner Liseana Barnes, the Olate Dog’s performance presented by Fox Motors, an athlete’s pledge, the arrival of the torch, and finally the lighting of the cauldron. Olympians and dignitaries will also be in attendance at the program. More information on the schedule of events can be viewed at http://stategamesofmichigan.com/OpeningCeremonies.

Prior to the opening ceremony program, athlete check-in presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Care Network will take place inside Fifth Third Ballpark Pepsi Stadium Club. Athlete check-in will occur from 2:00 – 7:00 p.m. Athletes will receive a commemorative credential, a free opening ceremonies T-Shirt, an athlete meal ticket presented by Subway, and an athlete bag presented by Teleperformance. The athlete bag will include giveaways such as, Teleperformance lip balm and mints, a Meijer water bottle, Sour Jacks gluten free candy, and an SOS hydrating mix. Along with this, athletes will be given information about their sport and program. More information on athlete check-in is available at http://stategamesofmichigan.com/athletecheckin.

The Athlete Village presented by Funny Business Entertainment Agency will be free to the public and will take place in the north parking lot of Fifth Third Ball Park from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Athletes will be able to pick up their free opening ceremony t-shirt along with their free athlete meal presented by Subway during this time. The athlete village will have inflatables, local mascot appearances, a dunk contest, and multiple vendor booths to visit including: Buffalo Wild Wings, Sour Jacks Candy, Maximized Living-Rivertown Family Chiropractic, The West Michigan Hawks, The U.S. Army, Teleperformance, SOS, and Neurocore. For more information on the athlete village please visit http://stategamesofmichigan.com/Village.

There will be a $6 parking fee starting at 3:30 p.m. at Fifth Third Ballpark. The public is also welcome to the opening ceremonies events for a $6 admission fee. The general public can receive a meal ticket presented by Subway for $5 as well.

Olympic Day will take place as well on June 24 from 10 – 11 a.m. at Fifth Third Ball Park. Olympic Day provides children from the Mary Free Bed YMCA the opportunity to participate in an event where they can meet with various Olympians. The children will also have the chance to tour the ballpark, run the bases, and be in an Olympic Day event photo with the Olympians in attendance.

Registration deadlines are coming quickly for this year’s 2016 Summer Games event. The seven weekend event will begin on June 17-19 with three sports, followed by the main weekend of sports on June 23-26. The 2016 Summer Games will then wind down with a tennis tournament on July 1-3, beach wrestling on July 9, pinball on July 21-23, a soccer tournament on July 30-31, and the Michigan USAC Mountain Bike Race on August 6-7. For information on these weekends registration deadlines, visit http://stategamesofmichigan.com/sports.

To register for an event please visit http://stategamesofmichigan.com/Register.

Sponsors of the 2016 Meijer State Games of Michigan include: Meijer, Subway, Metro Health, MyWay Mobile Storage, Fox Motors, Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Care Network, MC Sports, Lacks Enterprises, SIBSCO, Peppino’s SOS, Neurocore, 105.3 Hot FM, MOS, The GR Shop, Heguland Sova Realty Inc., Marks Photo and Video, Lake Michigan Credit Union, Tele Rad, Life EMS, and Teleperformance.

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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