Meijer Games among finalists for state award


The West Michigan Sports Commission wants your vote.

Its signature event, the Meijer State Games of Michigan, is a finalist for the 2013 Extraordinary Event or Organization Award that is given by the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports.

The award honors organizations or events that provide numerous opportunities for physical activity throughout their surrounding communities.

The Meijer Games drew 5,800 athletes here from 72 of the state’s 83 counties last June, and $2 million was injected into the local economy from that annual weekend event. This June, the games will grow to 36 sports, up by five from last year. The new sports are badminton, diving, field hockey, flag football and ultimate Frisbee.

The June event has been so successful that the sports commission is unveiling the Winter Games next February.

Besides the Governor’s Council award, the Meijer Games are also up for the People’s Choice Award, which honors a finalist for its accomplishments and dedication to a healthy lifestyle, and this is the award for which WMSC wants your vote.

The event or organization that gets the most votes wins the People’s Choice Award and voting is done by going online to Multiple votes are allowed and the voting ends at midnight on April 24. The sports commission has a video in the competition.

The finalists for the Governor’s Council award will be recognized at the Michigan legislative session on Thursday in Lansing. A gala will also be held at Ford Field that day, when the winners will be announced.

The Meijer States Games of Michigan will also be included in the Pure Michigan Fitness Series endorsement program. More information about the games is at

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