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Commission kicks off Winter Games
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
Cross country skiing