Are you prepared to join businesses all across Grand Rapids this March for the ULTIMATE MARCH MADNESS - the Great Sports, Great Kids Battle of the Brackets! The BATTLE will be savage. The COMPETITION will be fierce.
There will be winners, losers, and tons of fun! Most importantly their will be thousands of Grand Rapids Public Schools student athletes whose lives will be forever impacted. HIGH FIVE! Because when your office participates in this fun and highly competitive March Madness office pool, the real winners will be the K-8 student athletes at GRPS.
Basketball is in our blood. In 1993 the Grand Rapids Public Schools Foundation (GRPSF) was founded because of the Gus Macker Tournaments (remember those?). The Foundation was created as the conduit through which funds raised from the Gus Macker Tournaments could support GRPS athletics. But then the Gus Macker Tournament went away and so did funding for GRPS athletics. Sad face.
Don’t worry – today Great Sports, Great Kids continues that legacy! In the past, Great Sports, Great Kids has provided funding for 15 middle-school sports and six elementary-level sports at GRPS. Over 5,400 K-8 students have participated at no cost to students or families. With over 70% of the school districts in the Ottawa – Kent (O-K) Athletic Conference requiring some form of pay-to-play, this funding is needed now more than ever. At GRPS, close to 80% of the students qualify for free or reduced lunch, which means athletics is simply not something most of the students can afford to pay for.
To contribute to Grand Rapids Public Schools athletics, visit our online donations page.