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Meijer State Games is extraordinary
It’s official: The Meijer State Games of Michigan is truly an extraordinary event.
The Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports honored the Meijer State Games of Michigan with its prestigious Extraordinary Event Award at a special ceremony at Ford Field last month.
The Meijer Games, the signature event of the West Michigan Sport Commission, topped two other finalists to nab the award, which honors organizations and events that provide numerous opportunities for physical activity throughout their surrounding communities.
The Meijer Games drew 5,800 athletes here from 72 counties last June, and the weekend event injected $2 million into the local economy. The games featured athletes who competed in 31 sports.
“I would like to thank the Michigan Fitness Foundation and the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports for empowering events like ours that celebrate healthy choices,” said Eric Engelbarts, executive director of the games.
“I would also like to thank the Meijer family and corporation for their continued support, as well as the rest of our corporate sponsors,” he added.
The June event has been so successful for the past three years that the sports commission will unveil a winter version of the games in February.
This June, the 4th Meijer State Games will grow to 35 sports and more than 6,000 athletes are expected to compete here from June 21-23.
“Congratulations to our athletes, who are the true face of this event, for all of their remarkable accomplishments,” said Engelbarts, “and for making the Meijer State Games of Michigan the 2013 Governor’s Council Extraordinary Event.”