Grand Rapids, Mich., September 27, 2018 – A Michigan athlete was selected as the 2018 National Congress of State Games (NCSG) Athlete of the Year. The athlete is among four athletes who were named as the Meijer State Games of Michigan (MSGOM) 2018 Athletes of the Year, qualifying them for NCSG consideration.
In West Michigan, you can find a lot of things but field hockey teams are few and far between. In fact, there are only two schools that have field hockey teams on the west side of the state. One of those schools is East Grand Rapids High School, where you will find the Meijer State Games Field Hockey Tournament director Ingrid Fournier. As a current player herself, Fournier uses her passion for field hockey and athletic skills to coach players at East Grand Rapids High School.
As kids we have dreamlike career aspirations - old west cowboys or world saving superheroes. We might not have grown up to fill those positions, but there is one job many kids to be that we can all pursue even in our adult years. Ninjas. Yes, there are people that train to be ninjas that compete in Michigan, across the country, and around the globe, and yes, you can be one of them.
Madhokar wanted to form a cricket club for West Michigan cricket enthusiasts to put on tournaments and showcase local talent. That idea is how the West Michigan Cricket Club was founded. In 2016, Madhokar and his business partners created the West Michigan Cricket Club with intentions to grow the sport. The main goal of the club was to grow the popularity of cricket and bring players together. There are currently 25 players in the club, but the club is always open to more athletes.
Not everybody can win first place, but everybody can learn from a loss. Athletes encounter losses all the time on their way to being take-home-the-title winners. The way an athlete handles and uses their loses greatly impacts future outcomes. Here’s why.
By Olivia Menchaca
The Meijer State Games knows how important every member of team is when it comes to creating a successful event for thousands of athletes and spectators. Lake Michigan Credit Union is not only a sponsor but a member of this team. Every year, LMCU employees volunteer for the Meijer State Games.
The 2018 Summer Meijer State Games will be the third year LMCU volunteers have come out to help. From checking in athletes to guiding visitors, LMCU volunteers are in all parts of the Meijer Games main weekend.
"Being able to reassure people. give them information about what they need...something about being that friendly face that helps make the connection," says Mary Beth Braun, a LMCU volunteer. Mary Beth first started volunteering with the Meijer State Games last summer during the State Games of America.
For the State Games of America, the opening ceremony was at Van Andel arena. Mary Beth remembers watching the athletes as a volunteer.
"[The athletes] see this huge arena. Then their eyes would light up like 'wow, I'm a part of this'". This experience as a volunteer and others during her time at the State Games are what is bringing Mary Beth back to volunteer a second year.
"I would recommend volunteering," Mary Beth says, "I think to some degree, it's important that we celebrate what we love about our city and this area. Its really fun to get to know some other people and make the experience as positive as it could be."
Every year when the Meijer State Games begin there is a sort of excitement that everyone feels. The athletes love to compete their talent, spectators love to watch their favorite sports, and volunteers love to see everything play out just right.
If you want to be apart of the volunteer experience, you can sign up here. This year, the Meijer State Games main event weekend will be June 22-24. Opening Ceremony will be held at East Kentwood High School on June 22.
Grand Rapids, Mich., June 6, 2018 – Priority Health has been named as the presenting sponsor of the West Michigan Corporate Challenge. The West Michigan Corporate Challenge presented by Priority Health will take place September 5-8, 2018 at various venues throughout the greater Grand Rapids area. Endorsed by the Michigan Fitness Foundation, the West Michigan Corporate Challenge brings together West Michigan businesses to get active through friendly competition.
Justin Caine is a para athlete with an inspiring story and advice for competing, training, and doing your best.
Photographer Diane Durand gives a quick look into her experience as a volunteer photographer for the Meijer State Games of Michigan. Learn more about the Marks Photo and Video sponsored photo contest, becoming a volunteer photographer and what to expect.
FootGolf is making its debut at the Meijer State Games this summer. Learn more about what FootGolf is and why you should consider coming out to play.