MEIJER STATE GAMES OF MICHIGAN ANNOUNCES
Grand Rapids, Mich.,
2015 ATHLETES OF THE YEAR
2015 Volunteer of the Year Announced
January, 13, 2016 Officials with the Meijer State Games of Michigan announced the 2015 Athletes of the Year and the 2015 Volunteer of the Year. Following the Meijer State Games of Michigan Summer Games, a male, female, and youth athlete is chosen as Athlete of the Year. A volunteer is also selected as Volunteer of the Year. The recipients are nominated by their coaches, parents, spectators, and peers.
The 2015 Athletes and Volunteer of the Year are:
- Aubrey Cohoon (Youth Figure Skating Spring Lake, MI)
- Maddy Frank (Female Mountain Biking Walker, MI)
- Michael Edward Droste Jr. (Male Tae Kwon Do Saranac, MI)
- Isaac Washburn (Volunteer Grand Rapids, MI)
The 2015 recipients were recognized at the Grand Rapids Griffins game on Saturday, January 9, 2016. For more information about the Athlete & Volunteer of the Year Program click here
Aubrey Cohoon (Youth AOY), 11, competed in Figure Skating during the 2015 Meijer State Games of Michigan taking first place in the pre-preliminary freestyle program and fourth place in the preliminary compulsory moves event. Her first place standing at the State Games of Michigan qualified her for the 2017 State Games of America. In May 2015, she had the opportunity to skate at the Make-A-Wish Michigan Wish Ball alongside her idols, Charlie Wait and Meryl Davis. She has raised over $30,000 for Make-A-Wish Michigan and has been awarded the title of the Fox 17 Pay-It-Forward person of the Week and Month. Aubrey is currently a student at Spring Lake Intermediate School.
Maddy Frank (Female AOY), 15, competed in Mountain Biking during the 2015 Meijer State Games of Michigan, winning the Womens A Division in the Short Track Event. Maddy competes in biking events year-round and recently took first in her age group in the Iceman Cometh Challenge in Traverse City, MI. She is also a track & field athlete at Grandville schools and enjoys volunteering for local running and biking race events including the East Grand Rapids Trailblazer Run, the Grand Rapids Triathlon, and the Skirts in the Dirt all-female bike race. In 2014, she was awarded the Ryan Fisher be an Eleven Award. She is a member of the Freewheeler Racing Team and is an ambassador for Lapierre bikes. Maddy is currently a student at Grandville High School.
Michael Edward Droste Jr. (Male AOY), 32, competed in Tae Kwon Do during the 2015 Mejier State Games of Michigan, winning the yellow belt division of the Tae Kwon Do forms division. Being born with cerebral palsy and ligament issues, he has overcome adversity as an athlete. Michael is a resident of Saranac, MI and enjoys participating in martial arts for the friendships he has made and the lessons of respect, self-control, and discipline he has learned. Michael is an inspiration to all athletes and is an outstanding example of overcoming adversity.
Isaac Washburn (VOY), 27, has been involved in the Meijer State Games of Michigan for five years. He is crucial to the organization and success of the high school hockey tournament. He takes pride in ensuring this event is well-run and properly executed, aiding in set-up, teardown, and problem resolution for all 18 hockey games during the tournament. Isaac is a 2012 graduate of the sports leadership and management division at Grand Valley State University (GVSU). He is currently the Video Coach for the Kalamazoo Wings, Head Coach for both the Division 1 and Division 3 Roller Hockey club teams at GVSU, and the Director of Team Development for the Midwest Collegiate Roller Hockey League.
Previous Athlete of the Year award winners include:
- 2014: Alex Garcia (Male Wrestling), Cory Bush (Female Speedskating), Jade Walleman (Youth Track & Field)
- 2013: Joe Skrycki (Male Track & Field), Joan Berman (Female Track & Field), Liam Smith (Youth Archery)
- 2012: Russell Williams (Male Tae Kwon Do), Lauren Hooker (Female Lacrosse), Derek Nicks (Youth Wrestling)
- 2011: Bob Miller (Male Swimming), Jessica LeMire (Female Racquetball), Chandler Simmering (Youth Judo)
- 2010: Jimmy OHearn (Male -Track & Field), Emily Wee (Female Track & Field), William Vosejpka (Youth Hockey)
About the Meijer State Games of Michigan:
Modeled after the Olympics, the Meijer State Games of Michigan welcomes athletes regardless of age or ability level, 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 400 sporting events and tournaments that attracted 550,000 athletes and visitors, generating more than $145 million in direct visitor spending. Visit www.westmisports.com
for more information.