2015 Spring Olympics Presented by blueVortex.net

Charities Represented:

Humane Society of West Michigan

Represented by
Mindy and Jordan Mester

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H.I.S. Home For Children

Represented by
Matt and Holly Dahm

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West Michigan Congenital Heart Walk

Represented by
Mark Horjus and Angie Hyzer

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Ministries, Inc.

Represented by
Alex and Heather Robinson

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Compassion International

Represented by
Jason and Ashley Martin

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Represented by
Brittany Hoeve and Brad Reinhardt

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Gilda's Club
of Grand Rapids

Represented by
Scott & Marie Endres

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Cannonsburg Challenged Ski Association

Represented by
Mike Endres and Jennifer Punt

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The 8th Annual Spring Olympics were held on June 4th at 1:30pm at blueVortex.net.

In 2009 the Spring Olympics began as something fun. A lot of work goes into the planning each year, and founder Michael Endres wanted to make that work more meaningful. Thus, in 2012, the games became a charitable event, combining fun with giving back to the community.

Here is how it works. 8 teams consisting of 2 players each compete in a series of back yard games. Each team chooses a team color and a charity to represent. Each player pays a buy-in. In the end, the winning team has the entire purse donated to their charity in their names. Prior to the Olympics, the players vote on which games they should play and what the buy-in should be.

The scoring is as follows. Each player earns a bonus point for their team if they wear their team colors to the Olympics. There are 7 bracketed games. Each team is gauranteed to play each other team once in the first round. Each game is single elimination. The first place team gains 5 points. The second place team gains 3 points. The two third place teams gain 1 point. There is also a mini Hockey Shot game to start the Olympics in which each team can earn a maximum of 4 points.

In the end, bronze, silver and gold medals are awarded. In the event of ties, there is an 8th game that must be played to break medal ties. This 8th game is also the alternative game; if both teams mutually decide that they do not want to compete against each other in an event they may instead play the alternate game.

Winning Teams:
2016 - Jason & Ashley Martin
2015 - Jason & Ashley Martin
2014 - Jason & Ashley Martin
2013 - Marty Giaimo & Dave Dalstra
2012 - Marty Giaimo & Ray Llewellyn
2011 - Marty Giaimo & Mike Endres and
                Clayton Upper & Matt Roscoe (tie)
2010 - Marty Giaimo &
2009 - Jason Shemmel & Anna Smitterberg

Past Winners

2016 - Compassion International

Compassion International is a child-advocacy ministry that pairs compassionate people with those who are suffering from poverty. The ministry releases children from spiritual, economic, social, and physical poverty. The goal is for each child to become a responsible and fulfilled adult.

2015 - Family Life Today

FamilyLife® provides multiple resources that help people build stronger homes and communities. Since the organization first began in 1976, millions of people have attended their conferences, and even more people have utilized FamilyLife's other resources to help them lead godly lives.

2014 - Vanguard Charter Academy

Founded on academic excellence, moral focus, parental partnership, and student responsibility, Vanguard Charter Academy is a school like no other – one that can lead to a lifetime of success.

2013 - American Diabetes Association

Mission: To prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.

2012 - National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body.


Make a Donation

Your donation will be applied to the 2016 winning charity, Compassion International.

Message from Mike

Michael Endres

In 2016, not even a little rain could stop the fun. It was a really close finish between our top 3 teams. The Martins managed to win for the 3rd straight year. Congratulations to Compassion International who gets the purse!”

Mike Endres