Nonprofit moving HQ to Grand Rapids


VETSports is a nonprofit promoting veteran rehabilitation through sports. Photo via

A national nonprofit that promotes the rehabilitation of military veterans via sports is bringing its headquarters to Grand Rapids.

VETSports, which has 13 chapters across the country serving thousands of veterans, will move its national headquarters to West Michigan at the beginning of its new fiscal year.

Previously, its corporate offices were located in Tampa, Florida.

Co-founder and President Randy Tharp, a Grand Rapids native, said VETSports has a “large and growing” chapter in Grand Rapids, where the organization hosts weekly sports leagues and has hosted major softball events since its inception.

Last year, VETSports hosted hockey, softball and golf leagues for more than 50 local veterans.

“Grand Rapids has shown tremendous support to our organization at our annual softball games, where we have had exhibition matches with police and fire departments, as well as the West Michigan Miracle League,” Tharp said. “Grand Rapids is a very philanthropic city, where we see a great opportunity to continue to grow and serve veterans, first responders and partner with other great organizations in the area.”

In addition to Grand Rapids, VETSports has chapters in Florida, Texas, Georgia, Washington D.C. and the northeast US.

To date, it has helped 3,500 service veterans.

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