All-time MSU QB starts for sports fundraiser


NFL quarterback Kirk Cousins is the most prolific QB in MSU history. Photo via

An elite athlete and scholar from West Michigan will headline the 8th annual West Michigan Sports Commission fundraiser this spring — and reservations have been opened.

Kirk Cousins

Washington Redskins backup quarterback Kirk Cousins has agreed to be the guest speaker at the annual event, which serves as a fundraiser for the commission — a nonprofit that has become a key player in the region’s hospitality industry.

“As a West Michigan product, it is great to see Kirk share his faith and commitment to community in our nation’s capital,” said WMSC President Mike Guswiler. “I am sure our attendees will enjoy hearing about Kirk’s transition into the National Football League.”

Cousins is a graduate of Holland Christian High School, who led Michigan State University’s football team to a couple of Big Ten championships and a win in the Outback Bowl.

Cousins ended his career at MSU as the all-time record holder for touchdown passes, completions, passing efficiency, total offense and 200-yard passing games.

In short, Cousins is the most prolific quarterback in MSU history.

Spring event

The luncheon will be held on May 2 in the International Ballroom of the JW Marriott in downtown Grand Rapids.

Fundraisers have helped the WMSC secure or support more than 280 youth and amateur sporting events, which will contribute more than $100 million in direct visitor spending in West Michigan, according to Guswiler.

The event is being underwritten by the Peter Secchia Family, proud supporters of MSU. Meijer will sponsor high school athletic directors and coaches at the luncheon.

Steelcase, the law firm Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge, Swift Printing & Communications and DP Fox are the event’s business sponsors.


Single tickets are $85, and a table of eight is $600.

Luncheon reservations can be made by contacting Natalie Rose at WMSC at 616-233-3562 or nrose at westmisports dot com.

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