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Meijer State Games of Michigan Releases Final Winter Games Schedule

18 Feb, 2014


The Olympics are in full swing and the Meijer State Games of Michigan’s inaugural Winter Games are almost here. The Winter Games are taking place Feb. 14–16, and will feature 12 different sports taking place in West Michigan with 1,500 athletes expected to participate. The schedule of events is finalized and the Meijer State Games are ready to bring the Olympic Winter Games experience to Michigan.

 “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,” Meijer Co-Chairman Doug Meijer said. “We are excited to see this summer tradition hold true during the inaugural Winter Games.”

 “The Meijer State Games of Michigan is a signature event of the West Michigan Sports Commission,” said Mike Guswiler, president of the West Michigan Sports Commission. “It is our mission to bring youth and amateur athletes into our community and create an economic impact through visitor spending. The inaugural Winter Games will accomplish this goal starting on Friday.”

To kick off the inaugural Meijer State Games of Michigan Winter Games, Opening Ceremonies will be held at Cannonsburg Ski & Ride Area, 6800 Cannonsburg Road N.E., Belmont, Mich. 49306, from 7-8 p.m. Feb. 14. The free Opening Ceremonies festivities will include a torch light parade from the ski patrol, fireworks, and a big air exhibition with professional skiers and snowboarders. Athlete check-in will be from 4-6 p.m. The first 500 athletes to attend Opening Ceremonies will receive a commemorative credential, Meijer giveaway, Metro Health giveaway, and local restaurant incentives. For a complete schedule of the Opening Ceremonies and how to attend, please visit http://stategamesofmichigan.com/wintergamesOC. 

For complete schedule of events details and notables, see the attached document or visit www.stategamesofmichigan.com/wintergamesinformation

The Meijer State Games of Michigan Winter Games sponsors include: Meijer, Subway, Metro Health, MyWay, Cannonsburg Ski & Ride Area, MC Sports, Peppinos, Amor Sign Studios, The GR Shop, Sibsco, Mercantile Bank of Michigan, Heglund Sova Realty, Inc., Mark’s Photo & Video, and Blue Ice Photography.

In 2013, the Meijer State Games of Michigan – Summer Games offered 34 sports, bringing more than 6,500 athletes from 73 Michigan counties to West Michigan. An independent economic impact survey revealed that Meijer State Games of Michigan participants spent an average of $483 per family and injected more than $2.7 million into the local economy.

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.

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 300 sporting events and tournaments that attracted 315,000 athletes and visitors, generating more than $100 million in direct visitor spending. Visit www.westmisports.com for more information.

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