The West Michigan Spartans express their condolences over the tragic loss of a great Spartan. Thank you to Mike and the entire Sadler family for your support of the local MSU alumni association.
Help continue Mike's legacy in academics and athletics by purchasing a limited edition Mike Sadler #3 Shirt. All proceeds will go directly to The Michael Sadler Foundation. Please use the link below.
President Simon Visits West Michigan:
The West Michigan Spartans were honored to have President Lou Anna K. Simon as the guest speaker at our July 19th Speaker's Series Event. President Simon discussed the evolution of MSU's successful global brand known as #SPARTANSWILL, and further discussed how every Spartan can incorporate #SPARTANSWILL in all aspects of their lives. Every guest left the luncheon encouraged and inspired, and we thank President Simon for taking time out of her busy schedule to talk with us!
Steve Smith Charity Challenge 2016:
On Monday June 27th, the West Michigan Spartans hosted the 18th annual Steve Smith Charity Challenge. Seventy foursomes gathered together to play 18 holes of golf on Egypt Valley’s breathtaking championship golf courses. The golfers, in addition to the challenging golf, competed in various contests for awesome prizes to win. Golfers also enjoyed food throughout the course from Buffalo Wild Wings, Amore Trattoria and Brann's Restaurant 67. Winning foursomes received 4 - $100.00 gift cards to Egypt Valley, and for the first time in 18 years we had a golfer get a hole-in-one on the course and he won a trip to the Ryder Cup!
Following golf was dinner, networking and live and silent auctions. We were honored to have Kirk Gibson attend the dinner portion of the event, and he wowed the crowd with a funny but motivational speech. Many former MSU players such as Paul Davis, Drew Neitzel, Idong Ibok participated in the event and were more than willing to take pictures and sign autographs. Jim Cotter did a wonderful job as emcee and auctioneer. We auctioned off a ball boy for a game package, an autographed Kirk Gibson baseball, MSU vs OSU football ticket package, MSU vs. U of M football ticket package, a MSU vs. ND football ticket package which included a plane ride to the game, and many other unique items. Tom Izzo finished the program with a powerful speech that encouraged everyone to live a “SPARTANS WILL” way of life. The evening ended with dancing, and live music from a popular 80’s band, “Jedi Mind Trip!”
We thank all of those who attended and participated in the event, and we want to specifically thank our 2016 Sponsors who helped us raise $85,000 at the event that will provide scholarships for a men’s basketball player, for Steve Smith’s Pershing High MSU Scholarship, and for Grand Rapids Student Advancement Foundation:
- Club Sponsor: Bank of America
- Premier Sponsor: Harlo Corporation
- Tent/Dinner Sponsor: Plante Moran
- Band Sponsor: Byrne Electrical
- Coach: Dean Transportation and Peter & Joan Secchia Family (SIBSCO LLC)
- Beer Sponsor: NA Breweries
- Media Sponsor: WBBL
- Signage Sponsor: Spartan Graphics
- Auction Sponsor: Northern Jet
- Go Green: Herman Miller, Meijer, Port City, Pro–Vision, The Tom Fox family
- Food/Game Sponsors: Amore Trattoria Italiana, Brann’s Restaurant 67, Buffalo Wild Wings
- Go White: Lake Michigan Credit Union, Williams Distributing
- Snacks Sponsor: S. Abraham & Sons
- 36–Hole Sponsor: Apex Spring and Stamping, Scott Bernecker, First Companies, Loomis, MSU College of Human Medicine, Sean Cox PLLC
- 18–Hole Sponsors: ADAC Automotive, AmeraPlan, AON, Energy Alliance, Foster Swift, Pioneer Construction, Pondera Advisors, Warner Norcross & Judd