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Commission kicks off Winter Games

January 29, 2016
| By Pat Evans |
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Michigan Winter Games descends on West Michigan
Amateur skiers will compete in the Michigan Winter Games. Photo via wikimedia.org

An annual sporting event could contribute more than $500,000 to the local economy in the next month.

The third-annual Meijer State Games of Michigan Winter Games begin with some competitions this weekend, and the main weekend will take place Feb. 19-21.

The Winter Games features 21 sports with more than 2,000 athletes.

“The Winter Games provide a year-round incentive for Michigan residents of all ages and abilities to stay active,” said Eric Engelbarts, executive director, Meijer State Games of Michigan.

Last year, the event offered 20 sports, drew 2,000 athletes from 20 counties and helped contribute more than $500,000 in direct visitor spending to West Michigan.

The nonprofit West Michigan Sports Commission in Grand Rapids, which produces the event, recently released its economic impact report from 2015, which saw more than $39 million injected into the West Michigan community through sporting events, including $3 million from the summer and winter games of the Meijer State Games of Michigan.

Winter Games sports

Archery, indoor

Basketball

BMX, indoor

Bowling

Cross country skiing

Darts

Disc Golf

Fatbike

Fencing

Karate

Luge

Quad rugby

Racquetball

Rowing, virtual

Shooting sports

Ski/snowboard

Snowball softball

Snowshoe run/walk

UltraFit

Volleyball

Wrestling

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