2019 SpartanNash Healthy Athlete of the Year Scott Rowsey from Jenison, Mich.


Scott Rowsey from Jenison, Mich. was named the "2019 SpartanNash Healthy Athlete of the Year" on Thursday, May 30. A crowd of more than 6,000 people at Kelly/Shorts Stadium on the campus of Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant were in attendance. The announcement was made during the Opening Ceremony for the 2019 Special Olympics Michigan State Summer Games presented by SpartanNash.

Scott has been competing with Special Olympics Michigan for 10 years. His determination, achievements and dedication to making healthy choices made him a prime candidate for this award. Scott works out regularly at the gym and has also made a concerted effort to make healthy food choices daily.

"I'm so excited and proud to receive this award. I hope to inspire others and show them what it means to lead a healthy lifestyle," said Scott.

Scott competes in five Special Olympics Michigan sports including Unified basketball, Unified volleyball, Unified flag football, soccer and poly hockey. In Unified Sports, Special Olympics Michigan athletes with intellectual disabilities compete alongside athletes without intellectual disabilities, known as Unified partners. In addition to competing with Special Olympics Michigan, Scott also has a job and is taking college courses.

SpartanNash is very interested in helping communities improve their health and wellness. Together with Special Olympics Michigan, SpartanNash honors an athlete each year at State Summer Games, who is a leader among other athletes, and strives for wellness as well as a balance of the mind, body and spirit. They're looking for athletes who exemplify the Special Olympics Athlete Oath: "Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt."

The athlete elected as the SpartanNash Healthy Athlete of the Year will become a Global Messenger to share the Special Olympics Michigan mission. They will participate in numerous speaking engagements and store appearances throughout the year, arranged by both Special Olympics Michigan and SpartanNash.

SpartanNash began recognizing Special Olympics Michigan athletes in 2008. SpartanNash is a Statewide Premier Medallion Partner and the Presenting Partner of the State Summer Games. SpartanNash - and the company's charitable giving arm, the SpartanNash Foundation - has supported Special Olympics since 1985, raising more than $9.1 million to support the State Summer Games and year-round athletic training of nearly 23,000 participants. SpartanNash associates and their families have also volunteered thousands of hours helping at the State Summer Games, as well as preparing and feeding hundreds of volunteers throughout the Games. SpartanNash donates all of the food for the volunteers and prints the State Summer Games programs and handbooks.