Contact:         Eric Engelbarts – Meijer State Games of Michigan, Executive Director

                        P: (616) 233-3563 C: (616) 826-4385   



Four New Sports Added

Grand Rapids, Mich., January 24, 2017 – The fourth annual Meijer State Games of Michigan Winter Games are quickly approaching. Over 2,000 athletes will be competing in 20 different sports throughout January and February. Registration for the 2017 Winter Games is now open. The main weekend for competition is February 17-19, with events on January 29th and February 4-5. For the 2017 Games, 4 new sports have been added to the competition including: Swimming (Postal Meet), Futsal, Shooting Sports- Sporting Clays, and the Winter Try-Athlon (Cross Country Skiing, Luge, and Speed Skating).

Swimming (Postal Meet) competitors swim at their local pool and mail in their split sheet. Athletes will swim as far as they can for one hour. They can choose to participate in the individual race, relay race, small team, or large team race. 

Futsal is similar to indoor soccer played on a basketball court. It is played with five players on each side. This sport is fast-paced and requires technical skill and concentration from the athletes. 

Sporting Clays, traditionally a Summer Games sport, makes its first appearance in the Winter Games. Athletes taking part in this sport will be shooting 100 birds and need to come prepared with their own shooting equipment and protective gear.

The Winter Try-Athlon includes cross country skiing, luge and speed skating. It is a competition and learning opportunity with clinics available for each sport. Individuals who have little or no background in one or all of the three events are encouraged to register.

Registration continues to be available online for all sports. The sports line up for the fourth annual Meijer State Games of Michigan Winter Games scheduled events include Archery – Indoor, Basketball, BMX – Indoor, Bowling, Cross Country Skiing, Darts, Disc Golf, Fatbike, Fencing (including a wheelchair division), Fencing, Futsal, Karate, Racquetball, Rowing – Virtual, Ski/Snowboard, Shooting Sports (Pistol and Sporting Clays), Snowball Softball, Swimming (Postal Meet), Winter Try-Athlon, and Wrestling. For a complete listing of all the sports included in the 2017 Winter Games and how to register, please visit

In 2016, the Meijer State Games of Michigan – Winter Games offered 20 sports, bringing more than 2,000 athletes from 25 Michigan counties to West Michigan. Meijer State Games of Michigan Winter Games participants and visitors contributed more than $500,000 in direct visitor spending that benefited West Michigan area hotels and local businesses.

The Meijer State Games of Michigan Winter Games sponsors include: Meijer, Metro Health Sports Medicine, Subway, Lake Michigan Credit Union, MyWay Storage, Cannonsburg Ski & Ride Area, Peppino’s, SOS Rehydrate, The GR Shop, SIBSCO, Life EMS, Heglund Sova Realty, and Mark’s Photo & Video.

Sponsorship opportunities are always available for any budget, email for sponsorship information.

Volunteers are still needed as well. Volunteer opportunities include assisting with operations, registration, meal delivery, as well as many more. To learn more or to volunteer, visit our volunteer page ( 

Press pass credentials are still available for media. To register for a press pass, please email


About the Meijer State Games of Michigan: Modeled after the Olympics, the Meijer State Games of Michigan welcomes athletes regardless of age or ability level, and embodies the values of participation, sportsmanship and healthy living among residents of Michigan. In August 2017, the Meijer State Games of Michigan will play host to the 2017 State Games of America.

A signature event of the West Michigan Sports Commission, the Meijer State Games of Michigan is truly a grassroots organization that relies on the dedication of thousands of volunteers and the support of corporate partners.

About the West Michigan Sports Commission: The West Michigan Sports Commission, a non-profit 501 (c) (3), works to identify, secure and host a diverse level of youth and amateur sporting events to positively impact the economy and quality of life in the region. Since its inception in 2007, the WMSC has booked 568 sporting events and tournaments that attracted 880,000 athletes and visitors, generating more than $240 million in direct visitor spending. Visit for more information.

Media Contacts

West Michigan Sports Commission

Katy Tigchelaar

Kim Skeltis, Blue Blaze PR

Meijer State Games of Michigan

Eric Engelbarts, II

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