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Izzo adds former guard Thomas Kelley to Michigan State staff

EAST LANSING — Michigan State University basketball coach Tom Izzo added former Spartans guard Thomas Kelley to his staff on Friday.

Grand Rapids Gold find new home

The local G League affiliate of the Denver Nuggets found a new venue, following the closure of the DeltaPlex. 

College student launches designer basketball line, partners with Marvel design team

A Michigan native at East Carolina University collaborated with a high-profile design studio to bring a fresh vision to basketball. 

Midwest United Football Club selects training partner

A Black-owned training center is partnering with a national soccer club. 

DeltaPlex closing uproots Grand Rapids Gold

An upcoming arena closure will displace Grand Rapids’ local basketball team. 

Boxing champion-inspired fitness boutique opens

A new fitness franchise is open in Grand Rapids.

Personal training studio seeks to impact community

A local personal training studio launched a nonprofit during the pandemic and now is looking to open another studio to meet a community need.Brian...

Sports organization celebrates milestone

The Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame is celebrating its 50th year as an organization. 

Local nonprofit partners with NYC marathon

What started as a passion project for a West Michigan resident is now a national movement that captured the attention of a well-known marathon race.
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Beniers joins Kraken; latest Michigan star to jump to NHL

The Seattle Kraken agreed to terms Sunday with top prospect Matty Beniers, making him the latest University of Michigan player to jump immediately to the NHL.
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Danton Cole is out as Michigan State hockey coach

EAST LANSING — Danton Cole won’t return as Michigan State hockey coach after a 58-101-12 record over five seasons.

Pickleball championship returns

A sports championship tournament is returning to Grand Rapids.

Small business grant program reopens in Kalamazoo

A grant program in its third year of bringing relief to Kalamazoo microbusinesses will offer two additional rounds in 2022.

Hockey championship to come to West Michigan

The Kalamazoo Optimist Hockey Association (KOHA) will host a hockey championship tournament.

Grand Rapids to host fencing tournament

The Grand Rapids Advanced Fencing Academy will host a tournament with multiple divisions in March.

Sports tourism pumps $55.5M into economy

The economic impact of sports tourism in West Michigan exceeded pre-pandemic levels in 2021. 

Recreational boating industry powers through pandemic

(As seen on WZZM TV 13) While cruise ship industry profits and stock values sank faster than a rock in water during the pandemic, Michigan's recreational boating industry not only remained afloat, but thrived with near-record sales.

Basketball’s return to GR not a slam dunk

With less than three minutes on the game clock in the fourth quarter, fans erupted in cheers as Grand Rapids Gold shooting guard Davon Reed knocked down a 3-pointer to give the Gold the lead and eventually the win in its home opener against the Motor City Cruise, the NBA G League affiliate of the Detroit Pistons.

Duckpin bowling alley coming to Grand Rapids

A new bowling venue will open this weekend in downtown Grand Rapids.

WMSC expands, promotes staff

The West Michigan Sports Commission (WMSC) chose new leaders.

Students to assist in hospitality operations at sporting event

Ferris State University students will return to Colorado to participate in the 2022 winter games.

Interest in hunting, fishing licenses remains high

(As seen on WZZM TV 13) The pandemic forced people to rethink how they would protect their health and well-being in 2021, and one of the ways they did so was by retreating to the outdoors. 

Boating emerges as top outdoor activity

Many industries have been negatively impacted by the pandemic, but there is at least one industry that has benefited from it.

Davenport president joins NCAA council

Davenport University President Richard Pappas was appointed to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II President Council.

Baseball, softball lead sports tourism rally

Sports is proving to be vital in reviving the tourism industry in West Michigan as it emerges from the pandemic, but not just any sports.

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