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Grand Rapids Drive accepting cryptocurrency as payment

Grand Rapids Drive fans and partners can now purchase tickets, merchandise and sponsorships using cryptocurrency.

Grand Rapids hosting postponed USA Masters Games this week

The 2020 USA Masters Games will return after it was postponed last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ride United bike event returns in September

The annual Ride United (United Way of the Lakeshore) bike event will return Sept. 25 with starting locations in Muskegon, Newaygo and Oceana.

Start Garden graduates make their mark

Start Garden has made its presence felt in this region’s business community ever since it was founded nine years ago by Rick DeVos.

Meijer LPGA Classic returns for 2021

Tickets went on sale Tuesday for the 2021 Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give on the newly renovated course at Blythefield County Club, 5801 Northland Drive NE in Belmont.

Fitness companies partner to track exercisers’ progress

ShapeLog, a Midwest-based fitness technology company and provider of connected strength solutions, has partnered with Life Fitness, a global commercial fitness equipment company, to provide strength training data to individuals who are exercising.

West Michigan Sports Commission announces Meijer as naming rights partner for Rockford sports complex

The West Michigan Sports Commission’s flagship baseball/softball complex in Rockford was renamed Meijer Sports Complex after WMSC announced a new 10-year naming rights partnership with Meijer.

Hope Network launches virtual 51K for Mental Health Awareness Month

With May being Mental Health Awareness Month, Hope Network is inviting people to get moving with a free monthlong program to benefit mental health.

Access of West Michigan hosting virtual Walk for Good Food

A food systems nonprofit will host an annual fundraiser virtually this year.

Grand Rapids Drive partner as affiliate of NBA’s Denver Nuggets

The Grand Rapids Drive entered into a single affiliation “hybrid” partnership with the Denver Nuggets beginning with the 2021-22 season.

Kentwood 5K focuses on limb loss awareness

For the third consecutive year, the city of Kentwood will be partnering with Hanger Clinic, a local prosthetic and orthotic patient care provider, to host the Limb Loss Awareness 5K event.

Tulip Time announces virtual run details

The Tulip Time Festival will be hosting the 2021 Virtual Tulip Time Run from May 1-10.

Partners announce festival of outdoor exercise classes

The Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, city of Grand Rapids, Experience Grand Rapids, Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. and SweatNET Grand Rapids, among others, are teaming up to launch Grand Rapids Fitness Fest from April 30-May 9.

First month of internet gaming and sports betting receipts near $90M

Michigan’s internet gaming and sports betting operators reported $89.2 million in gross receipts for February, their first full month of operation.

Nana’s Run returns as in-person event

The annual Nana’s Run will return to downtown Grand Rapids on May 1.

National collegiate bowling championships to be held in Wyoming

The top events of the United States Bowling Congress Collegiate season, the Intercollegiate Team Championships and Intercollegiate Singles Championships, will be held from May 3-8 at the Spectrum Entertainment Complex, 5656 Clyde Park Ave. SW in Wyoming.

Michigan ups stadium capacity, requires teen athlete testing

LANSING — Michigan on Friday eased outdoor stadium capacity restrictions before Opening Day but ordered weekly testing of teen athletes amid a climbing coronavirus case rate that ranks fourth nationally over the past week.

Grand Rapids women’s football team announces 2021 schedule

The Grand Rapids Tidal Waves, a women’s tackle football team, will be opening its 2021 season against the Columbus (Indiana) Vanguards at 5 p.m. May 1.

West Michigan saw 54.5% drop in sporting events in 2020

West Michigan saw a 76.1% drop in visitor spending and a 54.5% decrease in sports events in 2020 compared to 2019 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the West Michigan Sports Commission’s sports tourism economic impact report.

West Michigan Whitecaps to open 2021 season in May

After more than a year off the field, the West Michigan Whitecaps will begin their 2021 season on the road against the Fort Wayne TinCaps on May 4.

2021 Amway River Bank Run rescheduled for October

Amway River Bank Run organizers announced the 2021 event was moved to Oct. 23.

Indian Trails Golf Course opens for winter recreation

The recreational trail at Indian Trails Golf Course is now open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. for fat-tire biking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, weather permitting.

Legal online bets, gambling start fast

Momentum continues to bring more Michiganders into the world of online gambling and sports betting after it was legalized a few weeks ago.

Michigan: Contact sports can resume Monday, with masks

LANSING — A ban on popular high school winter sports was lifted Thursday by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's administration, days after frustrated parents and anxious teens rallied at the Capitol to try to persuade officials that basketball, wrestling and hockey could safely take place during the coronavirus pandemic.

Whitecaps forge long-term partnership with LMCU, rename stadium

The name of the West Michigan Whitecaps’ stadium was changed to LMCU Ballpark.