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Meijer State Games of Michigan Releases Winter Games Schedule

2 Feb, 2015


The second annual Meijer State Games of Michigan Winter Games are quickly approaching. The Winter Games main festival is taking place Feb. 20-22, with some sports starting their competition this past weekend. The Winter Games features 19 different sports and 2,000+ athletes are expected to participate. The schedule of events is finalized and the Meijer State Games are ready for some fun and competitive action.

“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. “Meijer is pleased to support this event because it exemplifies our commitment to supporting the communities where our customers and team members work and live.”

To kick off the second annual Meijer State Games of Michigan Winter Games, Opening Ceremonies will be held from 7-7:30 p.m. Feb. 20 at Cannonsburg Ski & Ride Area (6800 Cannonsburg Road N.E., Belmont, MI 49306). Opening Ceremonies is free, and festivities will include a torch light parade, fireworks, a “Big Air” exhibition featuring professional skiers and snowboarders, special appearances by Olympians, and the lighting of the cauldron to officially open the Games. Athlete check-in will be from 4-6:45 p.m. The first 250 athletes to attend Opening Ceremonies will receive a free T-shirt, and several prizes donated by sponsors. 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, visit www.stategamesofmichigan.com/wintergamesinformation

Volunteers are still needed as well. Volunteer opportunities include assisting with Opening Ceremonies, operations, registration, meal delivery, as well as many more. To learn more or to volunteer, visit the volunteer page (www.stategamesofmichigan.com/volunteer).  

The Meijer State Games of Michigan Winter Games sponsors include: Meijer, Metro Health, Subway, MyWay, Cannonsburg Ski & Ride Area, MC Sports, Peppino’s, SOS Rehydrate, GamerSaloon / Fuzzword, The GR Shop, Sibsco, Mercantile Bank of Michigan, Heglund Sova Realty, Inc., and Mark’s Photo & Video.

In 2014, the Meijer State Games of Michigan – Winter Games offered 12 sports, bringing more than 1,600 athletes from 25 Michigan counties to West Michigan. Meijer State Games of Michigan Winter Games participants and visitors contributed more than $500,000 in direct visitor spending that benefitted West Michigan area hotels and local businesses.

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 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 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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