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6 local (and fun!) ways to stay in shape this spring

As the weather warms, many sport and social clubs are recruiting for the summer season. If you’re looking to work up a sweat and make some new friends, these group sports and athletic clubs might be for you.
As Grand Rapids’ population becomes younger and more urban, its residents are looking for ways to connect and stay in shape. As the weather warms, many sport and social clubs are recruiting for the summer season. If you’re looking to work up a sweat and make some new friends, the following group sports and athletic clubs might be for you:

1. Grand Rapids Champs League

The Grand Rapids Champs League is a community soccer league that invites any and all living, working, or schooling in Grand Rapids to play. Emphasizing fair play and equity, each team is intentionally co-ed (teams unable to field at least two women being ineligible to play). Their philosophy is simple: have fun while bringing the community together with soccer, but remember “don’t be an ass.” Joining a team is as easy as paying admission, which is a $100 donation to the charity of your choice.

2. Grand Rapids Sport and Social Club

Aimed at engaging young at heart professionals, The Grand Rapids Sport and Social Club invites those living in the Grand Rapids area to meet new people and play some games. Offering both traditional league sports like soccer, flag football, and softball, and more school yard themed games like kickball, capture the flag, and ultimate frisbee, the GRSSC offers great opportunities to get active. Leagues range from competitive to casual and range in price for registration, with discounts for early birds.

3. YMCA Adult Sports Leagues

The YMCA has been offering a place to exercise and socialize for generations. From learning to swim, taking Taekwondo, or enjoying some indoor basketball, the Y offers a huge variety of classes, programs, and sports leagues with something for everyone looking to get moving. A great option for any who prefer to beat the heat and play indoors, The Y also offers several aquatic athletic programs and indoor sports leagues. Programs range in price, with a steep discount for members.

4. Rec Sports

This is another great option for athletes looking to test their skills against Grand Rapid’s finest amatur competators. Rec Sports offers the basics like softball, football, basketball, and volleyball, as well as Spikeball (a new casual game). Leagues and tournaments are offered both co-ed and same-sex. Reach out by email, through their website, or on the phone for more information on pricing.

5. Grand Rapids Ultimate

Lovers of Ultimate Frisbee rejoice! The Grand Rapids Ultimate league is here. Started in 2012 with the goal of organizing and centralizing Grand Rapids’ Ultimate Frisbee players, Grand Rapids Ultimate offers everything from casual pick up to organized league play. Grab a disk and test your mettle against the best throwers in Grand Rapids. Registration fees vary.

6. Grand Rapids Parks and Rec
When looking for outdoor fun, it is likely to end up in one of Grand Rapids’ great parks. Why not register for a class, join a sports league, or do some yoga through Parks and Rec while you’re there? Affordable and flexible, GR Parks and Rec offers programming that can fit anyone’s schedule or budget. Fees vary, but discounts are offered for Grand Rapids residents.

There is a little something for everyone looking to get active in Grand Rapids this summer. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to play some games, make new friends, and have a lot of fun. So get out there, embrace the opportunity to take a break from work, and play hard this year.
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