Please join us Monday, September 18, for Van Andel Institute’s 10th annual golf outing! Proceeds benefit biomedical research and science education at Van Andel Institute. Please note, this event is sold out. Only tee sponsorships and prize sponsorships are still available.
Big Ten Champion and two-time World Series winner, Kirk Gibson is best known for being a team player. After being an All American football Player at Michigan State University, his career in baseball began by becoming a homegrown star for the Detroit Tigers. Fans will never forget his game winning home run of the 1984 World Series. But there was more to come when in 1988 he was awarded the National League MVP his first season with the Los Angeles Dodgers by crushing a home run to capture the win in Game One of the World Series. His most important goal set each season of his career was winning the World Series Championship…he believes wholeheartedly in the concept of teamwork.
As a team player he embraced pressure situations – by visualizing being “the one who comes through in a pinch”. Kirk was well known for his fire and intensity in the game and out of it. These attributes have carried into every aspect of his life. His intensity drew many fans to the ballpark throughout his career because he brought excitement to the game.
After retiring in 1995 as a player from baseball he spent several seasons working in various capacities before finding a home back in baseball where it all began. Gibson did a stint as Sports Analysts for Fox Sports Detroit, developed and co-hosted local TV and radio sports talk shows, and penned “Bottom of the Ninth”, an autobiography of his memorable moments in baseball. Back in the dugout as a coach 2003-2005 with the Tigers and then on to Arizona in 2007-2014 where he worked his way up from Bench Coach to Manager in 2011. His first year of managing the team, the Diamondbacks won the National League Western Division and Gibson was named National League Manager of the Year.
From there he would come to face the biggest World Series of his life after being diagnosed in 2015 with Parkinson’s disease. Never one to accept defeat, Gibson is currently back in the booth with Fox Sports Detroit, he brings an interesting and new outlook on the game by blending his experience as a Player and Manager. Also he speaks publicly for corporations, charitable events, and champions his own cause – the Kirk Gibson Foundation to raise awareness and search for new treatments for Parkinson’s disease, in hopes of finding a cure. Gibson has challenged others to “Defeat the Beast” in their lives as he works tirelessly to defeat “Parky”, his pet name for PD. Gibson’s vision and goal for making a positive impact on “Parky” is to raise awareness with the help of his new teammates – research facilities, doctors, hospitals and all others affected by PD – asking them to adopt a common goal of Collaboration-Cooperation and Teamwork to find a cure for this disease.
Gibson’s wife, JoAnn and his children support his efforts and encourage his passion to give back to the youth of today. Always a close knit family, the Gibson’s work together in support of helping him to end Parkinson’s disease.
10 AM Registration, range opens and continental breakfast
11:30 AM Shotgun start and boxed lunches in carts
4 – 5 PM Cocktail reception
5 – 6 PM Remarks by Kirk Gibson and dinner
Take I-196 W toward Holland. Exit the Holland/Zeeland EXIT 55. Merge onto US-31 N toward Muskegon. Continue for 6.7 miles. Turn a Michigan-Left onto US-31 S and turn RIGHT onto Port Sheldon Street. Travel Port Sheldon Street for 1.8 miles. Turn RIGHT onto 152nd Avenue for 0.5 miles. Turn LEFT onto Blair Street. Travel 1.1 miles and arrive at Wuskowhan Players Club, 16111 Blair Street, West Olive, Michigan.
ROUTE 2 – no highway travel
Travel SW on Grandville Avenue/I-196 BR. I-196 BR becomes Chicago Drive SW. Turn RIGHT on Port Sheldon Street. Travel 16.6 miles. Turn RIGHT onto 152nd Avenue for 0.5 miles. Turn LEFT onto Blair Street. Travel 1.1 miles and arrive at Wuskowhan Players Club, 16111 Blair Street, West Olive, Michigan.
Contact Sarah Rollman at 616.234.5712 or via email for more information.