News Release: Olympian Dick Fosbury to Attend Meijer State Games of Michigan Opening Ceremony


Olympian Dick Fosbury to Attend Meijer State Games of Michigan Opening Ceremony 

Extreme Stunt Trampoline Show for Opening Ceremony Entertainment


Grand Rapids, Mich., May 2, 2019 ─ The 2019 Meijer State Games of Michigan’s Summer Games Opening Ceremony is just 50 days away. The ceremony takes place on Friday June 21st at 7:30 PM at Fifth Third Ballpark. This year, the Meijer State Games of Michigan is proud to welcome high jump Olympian Dick Fosbury as the key note speaker to the Opening Ceremony.


Dick Fosbury won the gold medal at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City by breaking Olympic and American records, jumping at 7’ 4.25”. He is credited with revolutionizing the high jump with the “Fosbury Flop” during his high school years and into his Olympic Games. The move is now used by many high jumpers worldwide. Fosbury is currently serving as the president of the United States Olympic Committee’s U.S. Olympians and Paralympians Association. He is also the Honorary Chairman of the Simplot Games, the largest high school level indoor track meet in the USA.


Along with Dick Fosbury, the extreme stunt trampoline show provided by Flippenout Trampoline will be the entertainment for the Opening Ceremony. The Flippenout team is made of the top athletes from North America including Olympic medalists, national champions, national team members, Olympic hopefuls, and top tier show professionals. They perform elaborate acrobatic shows using their trampolines. They broke the Guinness World Record for the highest trampoline bounce in 2012.


All registered athletes and children under the age of nine get free admission to the Opening Ceremony. Admission for adults and children over the age of nine is $5. Parking is an additional $5. Gates open at 6:30 PM on Friday June 21st.


For more information on the Opening Ceremony and other events taking place on the day of the Opening Ceremony, visit


There are vendor booth opportunities available for the 2019 Opening Ceremony. The vendor cost for nonprofit organizations is $200. For profit organizations have a vendor fee of $250. If you are interested in having a vendor booth at the Opening Ceremony, contact or fill out the application here:


The Meijer State Games of Michigan sponsors include: Meijer, Lake Michigan Credit Union, Metro Health, Fox Motors, Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Care Network of Michigan, Peppino's, Lacks Enterprises Inc., SIBSCO, Subway, LIFE EMS Ambulance, The GR Shop, Heglund-Sova Realty, Inc., and Fifth Wheel Freight. For more information on sponsoring the Meijer State Games of Michigan, visit

There are still volunteer opportunities available for the Summer Games. For more information on volunteering, please visit The Meijer State Games of Michigan is a nonprofit organization that relies heavily on the help of willing volunteers and trusted partnerships. Lake Michigan Credit Union is proud supporter of Meijer State Games of Michigan volunteers.

About the Meijer State Games of Michigan:

The Meijer State Games of Michigan is an Olympic-style, multi-sport event(s) that welcomes athletes regardless of age or ability level. The games embody the values of participation, sportsmanship, and healthy living among the residents of Michigan. Since 2010, Meijer State Games of Michigan has hosted over 65,000+ athletes. The Meijer State Games of Michigan has also contributed over $25 million in estimated economic impact to cities throughout Michigan.

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