GRAND RAPIDS GOLD ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP WITH MICHIGAN SPORTS ACADEMIES

MSA Woodland to become the official practice facility for the Gold

GRAND RAPIDS, MI (Dec. 5, 2022) – The Grand Rapids Gold, the official NBA G League affiliate of the Denver Nuggets, announced today their partnership with Michigan Sports Academies “MSA” Woodland. MSA Woodland will now be the official practice facility for the Grand Rapids Gold.

In addition to an official court onsite for the Grand Rapids Gold, which will prominently feature Gold branding, the partnership includes access to additional facilities as well as training and equipment necessities.

Located at 2100 28th Street SE, Grand Rapids, MSA Woodland is 101,300 total square feet with 79,300 square feet of training space including four full-size hardwood basketball courts and a number of other flexible spaces to serve any training and competition needs.

“We are thrilled to partner with the Grand Rapids Gold here in our own backyard,” said Sam Nichols, executive director for Michigan Sports Academies. “We are excited to create more positive touchpoints and uncover opportunities for our communities to thrive through partnerships like this that highlight access to organized sports. The Gold organization has done a tremendous job of representing our city, and we look forward to assisting with their goals of elite basketball performance while investing and contributing to the West Michigan community.”


MSA was launched in July 2007 with the mission of providing fundamental skill development and competitive opportunities for adults and youth sports in West Michigan. The organization is a recreational leader in the area, offering programming for all levels in volleyball, basketball, soccer, and lacrosse. In addition to team sports, MSA holds over 4,000 camp and clinic athletes a year - providing great levels of visibility for the new partnership with the Gold. 

Stay up to date with all things Gold by following the team on social media at @NBAGrandRapids on Twitter and Grand Rapids Gold on Instagram and Facebook.

For media-related inquiries and interview requests, contact Brittney Whitefield, 248-563-8736, bwhitefield@nbagrandrapids.com or Shaneé Marvin, 269-330-0036,  smarvin@nbagrandrapids.com.

About the NBA G League

The NBA’s official minor league, the NBA G League prepares players, coaches, officials, training and front-office staff for the NBA while acting as the league’s research and development laboratory.  Featuring 30 teams, 28 with direct affiliations to NBA franchises for 2022-23, the league offers elite professional basketball at an affordable price in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere.  A record 47 percent of all players on 2022-23 NBA opening night rosters boasted NBA G League experience.  In fostering the league’s connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote health and wellness, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA Cares programs.

About the Grand Rapids Gold

The Grand Rapids Gold are a member of the NBA G League and affiliated with the Denver Nuggets. The organization is committed to providing an elite level of basketball to the West Michigan community, while also investing in and contributing to the West Michigan community. The team is owned by SSJ Group LLC. For more information about the organization, visit www.nbagrandrapids.com and follow the team on its social media channels. 

About Michigan Sports Academies 

MSA is the home of four competitive sports programs in five state of the art facilities throughout West Michigan. MSA works to train athletes for the level they want to achieve. This has driven MSA to develop programming with a focus on individual skill development. Playing sports is an excellent avenue to teach moral principles and characteristics such as dedication, teamwork, discipline, self-confidence and sportsmanship. These goals are the foundation of Michigan Sports Academies.