Week 1 recap – Summer 2, 2018

The Weekly Brew

Let’s see what’s brewing this week at GRSSC


Woohoo! That’s a wrap for week 1 of Summer 2

Alright, seriously…we had an absolute blast with you for the first week of Summer 2.  We love all of the energy you are bringing to your leagues and at the bars. Lets keep it going. DON’T FORGET: every week, make sure you are checking your schedules on our NEW website.


Meet Ben

“I flunked out of college. I wanted to go to be an elementary school teacher.” said Ben, our very own league ambassador and player at GRSSC. “Apparently in my class at MSU, there was an attendance policy I didn’t know about. Next thing I know, I’m back in Rockford.”

Ben Crawford grew up in Rockford with his mom and dad. When he broke the news to his parents that he would be coming home after 2 years, Ben could feel their disappointment. “They were definitely disappointed in me. But life kept going on. I went back to what I could do best: cooking and managing.”

As the years went on and Ben continued to manage at Big Boy in Grand Rapids, something big began to inspire him. “My mom always had a dream of going back to school,” Ben said, starting to perk up, “she just graduated with a degree in social work this year. She’s 63 years old.”

Ben’s mother went back to school to earn a degree in social work. “She always wanted a career she loved,” Ben explained, “and she was also concerned about something happening to my dad and not being able to provide for us. So she went back. Now she works for Bethany Hospital to help refugees.”

Ben then explained how it really put things in perspective for him. “I’m too smart to be doing what I’m doing,” Ben said. “My mother inspired me to go back to school and get that degree so I can do what I love, too.”

One of Ben’s plans is to continue to work on the side as he completes school. “I want to go for psychology or social work, like my mom,” he said, “I always found those classes to be the best. I just need the money to get there. I’ll continue to work at GRSSC and possibly start a new job through a friend in my league.”

No matter the career path Ben chooses, he now knows that earning that degree will be a step in the right direction for him. “So many insecurities will be gone when I complete this. I know I’m going to make my parents and myself proud.”

Good luck to you, Ben! You inspire us in so many ways.

Week 3 Theme

Our week 3 (July 23rd-27th) theme is going to be… Christmas in July! Get that jolly team spirit together and earn your team some extra bonus social points!


We want to hear YOUR story!

We think it’s important to know our players stories. We’re looking for our awesome GRSSC players to share their story with us and have a chance to get featured like Brittany. Take our survey and take part in our 10 year anniversary fun!

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Check out our NEW WEBSITE!

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We got a new website that just launched THIS SEASON.Watch these video tutorials to learn about all the perks to our new site!

Join the most epic 5k of the summer


Stop the Press!  You’re going to want to read this if you missed it in last week’s newsletter!

You’ve probably heard about the Alaskan “Iditarod” race with dogs and sleds and whatnot;

Well, this is nothing at all like that.

Instead of dogs, it’s people.  Instead of a sled, it’s a shopping cart. Instead of winter gear, it’s costumes.  Yeah, it’s going to be awesome.

Where: Heartside Park, Downtown Grand Rapids.

When:  Saturday, August 4th, 2018

Who:  600-1,000 racers (4-6 people/team)

We’ve got 5-6 charities that are benefiting.  We are incorporating 5-6 local bars, and we’ve got the green flag from the City to do this!

Racers will navigate the pedestrian ways of downtown as they use clues to search for their next checkpoint (a pub).  They have a mandatory 20-min wait at each checkpoint to ‘re-hydrate’ their ‘doggies’.  There isn’t any order of what bars to hit and there isn’t any dedicated route.  It’s all on them.  It’s all urban.

Trust us when we say it is going to be huge.

Get 50% off your registration fee by using the code: RUNFORHALF. Learn more about our event or sign up at miditarod.com!

Time to sign up for FALL season


That’s right! Fall registration is now OPEN. Sign up now to get your spot in one of our fall leagues! Leagues include:

  • Indoor Volleyball
  • Kickball
  • Dodgeball
  • Bar Olympics
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Beach Volleyball
  • Basketball
  • Backyard Bonanza
  • Flag Football
  • Darts


We had an awesome time this past weekend out at our Volleybash tournament in Muskegon at Pere Marquette beach! Thanks to all that participated and help make it such a great event! We can’t wait to do it again next summer!


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