Grand Rapids FC Set to Compete in the 2016 Meijer State Games of Michigan Soccer Tournament

Contact:         Jesse Campbell– Meijer State Games of Michigan
                       C: (616) 914-2950 jcampbell@westmisports.com
                       Eric Engelbarts – Meijer State Games of Michigan
                       P: (616) 233-3563 C: (616) 826-4385 eengelbarts@westmisports.com


Grand Rapids FC Set to Compete in the 2016 Meijer State Games of Michigan
Soccer Tournament


Grand Rapids, Mich., June 21, 2016 – The Meijer State Games of Michigan is excited to announce that the Grand Rapids Football Club (GRFC) will compete in the 2016 Summer Games Soccer Tournament on July 29-31. GRFC will open the tournament with a game at EGR Memorial Stadium (701-799 Lakeside Dr. SE, East Grand Rapids, MI 49506) on Friday, July 29. GRFC will then participate in the rest of the tournament on July 30-31 at MVP Fieldhouse (5435 28th St., SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546), giving opposing teams across the state the opportunity to try to beat a minor league soccer team. The tournament gives anyone regardless of age or ability level the chance to compete.

Matt Roberts, founder of the Grand Rapids Football Club stated, “We are very excited to participate in the Meijer State Games of Michigan. The game of soccer has grown by leaps and bounds over the last 5-10 years and to see tournaments like this being played is just a validation that soccer is arriving in the United States. We want to let players and teams out there that believe they can play at this level have that opportunity and continue to grow the game at the grassroots level.”

Registration for the Meijer State Games of Michigan Soccer Tournament closes on July 15. To register for the opportunity to compete against GRFC, please visit http://stategamesofmichigan.com/soccer for more information.

For more information on the Grand Rapids FC soccer team, please visit their website at http://grandrapidsfc.com/.

The Meijer State Games of Michigan totaled 7,867 athletes in 2015 and looks to continue this growth by offering 42 sports in this year’s Summer Games event. For more information on the Meijer State Games of Michigan, visit our website at www.stategamesofmichigan.com.

Sponsors of the 2016 Meijer State Games of Michigan include: Meijer, Subway, Metro Health, MyWay Mobile Storage, Fox Motors, Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Care Network, MC Sports, Lacks Enterprises, SIBSCO, Peppino’s SOS, Neurocore, 105.3 Hot FM, MOS, The GR Shop, Heguland Sova Realty Inc., Marks Photo and Video, Lake Michigan Credit Union, Tele Rad, Life EMS, and Teleperformance.


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About the Meijer State Games of Michigan:
Modeled after the Olympics, the Meijer State Games of Michigan welcomes athletes regardless of age or ability, 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 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 nearly 500 sporting events and tournaments that attracted 650,000 athletes and visitors, generating more than $190 million in direct visitor spending. Visit www.westmisports.com for more information.


About the Grand Rapids Football Club
Founded in March of 2014, Grand Rapids Football Club is West Michigan's minor league soccer team. Supporter Funded, Community Focused.

After playing a season in the 5th division Great Lakes Premier League, GRFC accepted an invitation to join the 4th division National Premier Soccer League. With 80 teams across the county, the NPSL qualifies 12-15 teams into the US Open Cup and has developed many players who now ply their trade in the professional ranks.

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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