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Trick Plays add to 7-on-7 Football Fun

Sneaky Pete, Christmas and Sneaky Moochie are not plays Noel Dean is likely to call on a Friday night when he is coaching the Lowell High School football team. But Dean created and called those plays Saturday while coaching a sixth-grade-and-under, 7-on-7 team in the Meijer State Games of Michigan. Dean, who has led the high-school Red Arrows to three state championships, directed the State Games' 7-on-7 football action that began play Saturday with 10th-, eighth- and sixth-grade and under teams playing at Riverfront Park. The 12th-grade-and-under teams are scheduled to play Sunday. Click here to read the entire [...]

90 year-old adds to his medal collection at State Games of Michigan

By his estimation, Jack Hipple has "over 800" medals stashed in his home in Hamburg. After Saturday’s track and field events at East Kentwood High School for the State Games of Michigan, Hipple walked away with at least four more. By the middle of the afternoon, he had added the 100 meters and 200 meters to his stash and was waiting his turn in the javelin. It helps that he’s 90 years-old and has participated in each of the five State Games of Michigan. Plus, he said, he’s been at 28 Senior Olympics events and he’s usually the only [...]

State Games boxing offers glimpse into strong amateur ranks

Two state Golden Gloves fighters battled Saturday evening in the boxing portion of the Meijer State Games of Michigan. Sardius Simmons of FWC Berston in Flint and Joseph Nelson of The Fire Within of Holland had never fought each other but had admired each other's work from afar. Simmons, the 2014 Golden Gloves state 201+ open division runner-up and Nelson, the 201+ novice division runner-up came in with something to prove to themselves and the fans in attendance benefited. The two collided at center ring, Simmons shooting jabs to the head while Nelson fired to the body. In the [...]

Rain fails to dull buzz during opening ceremonies

Thousands of spectators slogged their way through the rain to see the official start of the 2014 Meijer State Games of Michigan at Fifth Third Ballpark Friday night.. The ceremonial torch of the games started its journey in St. Ignace last week, traveling across the Upper and Lower peninsulas before arriving in West Michigan, where home-state Olympian Gary Morgan used it to light a massive cauldron. A native of Clarkston and member of the 20,000-meter race walk team at the 1988 Seoul Olympics, Morgan said he was impressed with Michigan's commitment to athleticism and sport. "I've been to sporting [...]

Meijer State Games opens with fanfare at Fifth Third Ballpark

Holland Calvary girls basketball coach Shannon Badgero understands there are a number of travel or recreational teams that could occupy her time during the early days of summer. She chose, however, for the third consecutive year, to coach a boys team at the State Games of Michigan. A steady drizzle fell during the opening ceremonies Friday evening and athletes had to parade in on the muddy clay of the Fifth-Third Ballpark warning track. But Badergo and many of the nearly 7,000 athletes from all over the state didn’t seem to mind as the fifth annual State Games of Michigan [...]

Summer Games Schedule of Events Released

The Meijer State Games of Michigan’s fifth annual Summer Games are almost here. The Summer Games are taking place June 20–22, and will feature 39 different sports taking place in West Michigan with 7,000 athletes expected to participate. The schedule of events is finalized and the Meijer State Games are ready to bring the Olympic Summer 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,” said Doug Meijer, co-chairman of the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer. “Meijer [...]

GRBJ: Olympic-style festival gets underway this week

Summer has freshly arrived, and with the change in seasons comes the Meijer State Games of Michigan Summer Games. A quick turnaround from the Winter Games in February left the West Michigan Sports Commission and the Meijer State Games staff busy during the spring. Meijer State Games Executive Director Eric Englebarts said the preparation of this year’s summer games began last year, about the same time the decision to have a winter games was made. The 5th Annual Meijer State Games of Michigan run June 20-22. Click here to read the entire Grand Rapids Business Journal article.

Midwest's First Sanctioned Downhill Skateboard Race Comes to Downtown Grand Rapids as Part of the 2014 Meijer State Games of Michigan Summer Games

On June 21 from 4-8pm, the streets of downtown Grand Rapids will play host to the first sanctioned downhill skateboard race ever held in the Midwest as a part of the 2014 Meijer State Games of Michigan Summer Games. The Urban Downhill Skateboarding event is one of six new additions to the Summer Games’ 2014 lineup. In addition to expanding the Summer Games’ offerings, organizers envision the event as a celebration of West Michigan’s vibrant skateboard and longboard culture and a way to create new dialogues around legalization of skateboard and longboard commuting in the city of Grand Rapids. [...]

Grand Rapids submits bid to host 2017 State Games of America

Grand Rapids is one of five cities bidding to host the 2017 State Games of America. Later this month, the National Congress of State Games will decide which sites will receive a visit. A final announcement of the host city will be made in October. State Games of America is an Olympic-style event held every two years dating back to 1999. Residents from the host state and medal winners from each of the other 30 participating states over the past two years are invited to the national competition to showcase their talents. Click Here to read the entire article.

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