Sam Parker brings in a brand new sport to the 2015 Meijer State Games of Michigan, as he is the tournament director for the ultrafit Challenge. Sam, who is a husband and father of three boys, enjoys the outdoors and playing sports. After being the tournament director for weightlifting at the 2015 Winter Games, Sam shifts his to focus to the ultrafit Challenge he will run out of his gym, CrossFit Grand Rapids.
Parker picked up CrossFit while he was in the Army, as he started doing it to prepare for a school that he was attending. After he finished preparing for the in the Army, Sam continued to stick with the sport because it was something that he really enjoyed. He has been doing it ever since.
In general, CrossFit Grand Rapids is based upon the community, and the community is what really pulls people to the sport. This is one sport where the people or the team coming in last place receives the loudest cheer as they finish the event. People will also see the competitors cheering for their opponents during the event. Sam says, “Our CrossFit community is built on supporting everyone from the first person to finish to the last person to finish.” This is also what Sam looks to show people at the Meijer State Games of Michigan this year, in how the community at CrossFit Grand Rapids supports one another and to show people the uniqueness of the sport.
When asked about his biggest accomplishment, Sam stated, “My biggest accomplishment has nothing to do with me. My biggest accomplishment is watch my athletes and gym members do things that they never thought they could have done.”
The Meijer State Games of Michigan is a multi-sport, Olympic-style event(s) that welcome athletes regardless of age or ability level. The Games embody the values of participation, sportsmanship and healthy living.