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Join us for our popular annual events!

Annual Grand Rapids Griffins vs. Sled Wings Fundraiser Game

In this unique and highly-anticipated event, the Griffins will host a friendly yet competitive game of sled hockey with the Grand Rapids Sled Wings. This event benefits the Griffins Youth Foundation and the Grand Rapids Sled Wings.

Griffins players and coaches also will be on hand for autographs.

Date: February (date to be included in the Winter and Spring RecConnect)

Bikes for the Rest of Us

Riding a bike used to be out of the question for those with special needs. But it isn’t anymore. Bikes for the Rest of Us is an annual event at Mary Free Bed that introduces children and adults with disabilities to the sport of adaptive bicycling. Participants are individually paired with a therapist and evaluated to determine necessary adaptations that will enable them to pedal alongside their able-bodied friends.

Date: April (date to be included in the Spring RecConnect)

Age: 3 years and older

Requirements: Participant must have a physical disability and reside in West Michigan.

To request an application, please contact us: 616.840.8356 or sports@maryfreebed.com

Fifth Third Riverbank Run

Propelling forward with nothing but arm strength and conviction, wheelchair and handcycle racers at the Fifth Third River Bank Run compete against elite athletes from all over the world. The Mary Free Bed Guild has proudly sponsored the 25K wheelchair race since 1989 and the handcycle race since 2005.

Athletes must use a racing wheelchair or handcycle to participate. Participants include former Mary Free Bed patients, Michigan residents and athletes from across the United States and abroad. This event raises public awareness of professional athletes in the adapted sports arena.

You may register online at www.53riverbankrun.com.

If you have questions regarding registration or the Wheelchair and Handcycling Divisions, email sports@maryfreebed.com or call 616.840.8356.

Jr. Wheelchair Sports Camp

This five-day sports camp provides youth with physical disabilities and those who require the use of a wheelchair, an opportunity to participate in sports and be active with their peers. Campers will learn how to play basketball, tennis, team handball, softball and sled hockey, try handcycling, meet new friends and much more.

Dates: July (dates to be included in the Summer RecConnect)

Time: 8:30 am-4 pm daily

Location: Grand Valley State University, 1 Campus Drive, Allendale, MI

Age: 7-18

Cost: FREE to day campers, $175 for overnight campers who live more than 45 miles one way from GVSU. To register you MUST call for an application.

Annual Mary Free Bed Wheelchair & Adaptive Sports Golf Outing Fundraiser

Try your luck in our hole-in-one and putting contests. Lots of great raffle prizes and more! All proceeds benefit Wheelchair & Adaptive Sports programs, which continue to provide and promote competitive and recreational adaptive sports for people with disabilities.

Date: June – Click here for this year’s date: www.maryfreebed.com/golf

Time: Shotgun starts at 8 am and 1:15 pm

Location: Thousand Oaks Golf Club, 4100 Thousand Oaks Drive, Grand Rapids, MI

Entry Fee: $175 per person

For more details visit www.maryfreebed.com/golf.

If you are interested in golfing or becoming a sponsor at our golf outing, please email Sports@maryfreebed.com or call 616.840.8356.