Let the Games begin
The Meijer State Games of Michigan were staged in Grand Rapids June 25-27 by the West Michigan Sports Commission. Like the Olympics, the State Games hosted opening ceremonies, held at Van Andel Arena, that allowed spectators to witness the Parade of Athletes, Lighting of the Cauldron (by professional hockey player and Olympian Mike Knuble) and other entertainment.
The Meijer State Games are part of the National Congress of State Games and a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee's Multi-Sport Organization Council. Thirty-one states are conducting or organizing statewide sports festivals known as State Games. Nationwide more than 90 sports are offered each year, with competitions held in 536 communities for participants from more than 6,000 cities and towns. Competitions are both recreational and competitive and have been the first step for many Olympic and professional athletes.
Athletes in 15 sports competed in the local games. The event will next be held June 24-26, 2011.