One Team For West Michigan

By Grand Rapids Drive | May 5, 2020


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Grand Rapids Drive, Grand Rapids Griffins, West Michigan Whitecaps and West Michigan Sports Commission on Tuesday launched “One Team For West Michigan,” a collaborative initiative to provide encouragement and help to our community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

A 30-second PSA video released to local TV stations and shared on the four organizations’ websites and social media platforms contains clips from the three professional teams integrated into a message of positivity and hope voiced by Ginger Zee, the West Michigan native and chief meteorologist for ABC News.

The video invites viewers to visit, where they will find donation links and information for charities that have been designated by each sports organization for particular support during this time, including The Children’s Foundation (Drive), Heart of West Michigan United Way (Whitecaps), Kids’ Food Basket (Griffins), and Mary Free Bed Wheelchair & Adaptive Sports (WMSC). Each charity has specific COVID-related funds or needs that fans can support, joining campaigns that each team initiated in the early days of this crisis.

“It’s exciting to have all three Grand Rapids teams come together to support this great cause. We’re all in the business of providing entertainment to our community and now we’ll turn our focus to supporting the West Michigan community that we all have the pleasure of calling home. We want to thank the Griffins, Whitecaps and the WMSC for partnering with us on this initiative and bringing awareness to the fantastic work these organizations do,” said Drive president Steve Jbara.

For more information or media inquiries, please contact:

Grand Rapids Drive – Rob Johnson – / 616-216-4600

Grand Rapids Griffins – Randy Cleves – / 616-550-3665

West Michigan Whitecaps – Steve VanWagoner – / 616-318-8949

West Michigan Sports Commission – Mike Guswiler – / 616-307-5798