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NFL player helps Van Andel Institute fight cancer July 17-18

NFL player helps Van Andel Institute fight cancer July 17-18

Work out alongside NFL player Jared Veldheer as part of the Van Andel Institute’s Barre Fight Against Cancer.

The two-day workout begins at 6:30 p.m. July 17 at Powerstrength Training Systems, located at 1680 4 Mile Rd. NE  and ends at Pure Barre, located at 2107 E. Beltine Ave. NE.  For $20, participants  get NFL training with Veldheer  and a  Pure Barre class, as well as a Purple Community t-shirt.  Proceeds will go towards cancer research at VAI.

Space is limited.  To reserve a spot, visit https://community.vai.org/veldheerbarre.

Reed Kamyszek, Kenowa 2010 Graduate chalks up more Honors

Reed Kamyszek, Kenowa 2010 Graduate chalks up more Honors

This latest bulletin from Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY:

Junior Reed Kamyszek has been rewarded for his hard work in the classroom by being named to the Capital One Academic All-America Division I Men's Track & Field/Cross Country Third Team. The biochemistry major was honored on the Academic All-District team which made him eligible to be named an Academic All-American. The award honors Kamyszek for his performance in the classroom, in the community and on the track.

The Grand Rapids, Mich. native was named to the All-BIG EAST Academic Team in both 2010-11 and 2011-12. Kamyszek is studying biochemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Kamyszek was named All-BIG EAST in cross country after finishing 10th at the BIG EAST Championship this past season.

Walker man's 'Miles for Meals' desert run cut short

Walker man's 'Miles for Meals' desert run cut short

WALKER, Mich.—A Walker man’s mission to help restock the pantry at North End Community Church has been cut short.

According to the Miles for Meals Facebook page, Steve Karston was forced to end his 148 mile run through the mountains and desert early because of dehydration. Karston began the trek in Grand Junction, Colorado June 17.  The run was supposed to end in Moab, Utah, but temperatures topping 110 degrees took their toll on his body.

Karston was running with a number of other athletes, some of whom also had to drop out due to dehydration. In a video posted on Facebook, the 47-year-old assures supporters he is recovering fine. 

Karston has completed 64 marathons since 1996.

Fish for free June 8 & 9

Fish for free June 8 & 9

All anglers can fish for free June 8 and 9.

As part of Free Fishing Weekend, the state is waiving all fishing license fees for residents and out-of-state visitors. Free Fishing Weekend applies to all species of fish in inland waters and Michigan’s Great Lakes.  All other fishing regulations still apply.

Michigan is home to more than 3,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline, over 11,037 inland lakes and 36,350 miles of rivers and streams.  To find inland lakes in your area, click here.

GRCC considers project to renovate Belknap Park ballfields

GRCC considers project to renovate Belknap Park ballfields

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Grand Rapids Community College is considering a $315,000 project to renovate the Belknap Park ballfields.

The city partnered with GRCC to allow the college’s baseball and softball teams to utilize the fields. Lisa Freiburger, vice president for finance and administration at GRCC,  says the college is considering upgrades, including new fencing , relocating lighting and scoreboards, and work on the dugouts.  GRCC’s Plant Fund would pay for the project.

The proposed project was mentioned during  a  GRCC  meeting May 20, but the college board of trustees must still aprove the plan.  Freiburger  says she would also  like the city to agree to a 15-year useage contract before moving  forward with the proposed project.

If all goes well,  the renovations would begin in June and the ball fields would reopen this fall.

Bikers Against Breast Cancer looking for riders for Headlight Run

Bikers Against Breast Cancer looking for riders for Headlight Run

A group of West Michigan bikers are helping in the battle against breast cancer.

This is the third year for the Bikers Against Breast Cancer Headlight Run.  Proceeds from the June 8th event will benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure West Michigan.  The ride starts at Teazers Bar and Grille on Ottawa Avenue NW Grand Rapids.  Bikers will make stops at Pete’s Grill & Tavern in Byron Center, as well as Champs in Coopersville.  The fundraiser includes food, auctions and a raffle.

Creston High hockey player accomplishes a school district first

A Creston High School junior is on her way to the Meijer State Games.

Cynthia Davis, who is also the Grand Rapids Flames varsity hockey associate captain, earned a spot on the 19 and under girls/women’s Team West.  Her team will compete against three other teams made up of athletes from across the state. 

Davis is the first hockey player from Grand Rapids Public Schools to take part in the fourth annual event.  She was selected after an on-ice tryout earlier this month.

The Meijer State Games of Michigan 19u Girls/Women’s Hockey Tournament will be held June 21 through June 23 at the Georgetown Ice Arena in Hudsonville.  The competition is a signature event of the West Michigan Sports Commission, and includes opening ceremonies, a parade of athletes and the lighting of the cauldron.