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Week-Long Celebration Scheduled to Honor Detroit Champions’ Day

DETROIT – April 1, 2013 – In 1936, Governor of Michigan Frank Fitzgerald declared April 18th Champions’ Day to celebrate national athletic achievements by Detroit teams and homegrown Detroit athletes.  Now, a group of young Detroiters are planning a week of events from April 12 to April 19 to celebrate this proud occasion in Detroit history.

“We have always loved the history behind Champions’ Day, and we thought a week of simple but really fun events would be a great start to getting the word out and bringing the spirit back,” explains Will McDowell who helped spearhead this effort with a group of friends.

A list of events include (full description can be found at

  1. Saturday April 12 1:00PM: The Chug-A-Lug
    A 5-mile 5-bar crawl through Downtown, Midtown, and Corktown. Bars include: Fountain Bistro, Green Dot Stables, Nancy Whiskey, The Old Miami, and Bookies.
  2. Sunday April 13 3:00PM: Champions Classic Softball Scrimmage
    Everyone will get a chance to hit and field at Old Tiger Stadium with the help of Navin’s Field Ground Crew.
  3. Monday April 14 9:00PM: Bowling at Garden Bowl
    $7 for a slice of pizza, pint of beer, shoes, and an hour of bowling.
  4. Thursday April 17 7:00PM: Detroit Drunken Historical Society and Detroit Trivia Night
    Charles Avison, author of The City of Champions will give a presentation at McShane’s and show the world’s oldest movie about baseball with sound. Stay for Detroit-themed bar trivia.
  5. Saturday April 19 9:00AM: Tailgate of Champions
    Honor Detroit’s oldest team by tailgating in Campus Martius. There will be games and drinks starting at 9:00AM. Tigers play at 1:00PM.

“The goal is to make Champions’ Week an annual tradition. We want everyone to come out for the events, meet their fellow Detroiters, and celebrate such a positive part of our city’s history,” explains Lauren Lewis who has been living in the city for 2 years. This is a true grassroots effort. Everyone is welcome to join in the events and offer suggestions for Champions’ Week.

A full list of events and some information on the history of Champions’ Week can be found at RSVP at