house resolution no.224

Reps. DeBoyer, DeSana, Smit, Mueller, Borton, Wozniak, Steele, Rigas, Roth, Mentzer, Beson, Martin, Bierlein, Kunse, St. Germaine, Alexander, Markkanen, Maddock, Fox and Aragona offered the following resolution:

A resolution to declare April 18, 2024, as Champions Day in the state of Michigan.

Whereas, The year 1935 was an extraordinary time for sports in the state of Michigan, with remarkable achievements and triumphs that brought great pride and joy to the people; and

Whereas, During this remarkable sports season, the state witnessed several historic victories, including the rise of Joe Louis in the professional boxing world, the Detroit Tigers winning their first World Series, the Detroit Lions securing their first NFL championship, and the Detroit Red Wings capturing their first NHL championship; and

Whereas, Joe Louis, born in Alabama but a proud Michigander, emerged as an iconic figure in the sport of boxing and became a symbol of courage, perseverance, and athletic excellence, winning numerous titles and breaking down racial barriers; and

Whereas, The Detroit Tigers, under the exceptional leadership of manager Mickey Cochrane, showcased remarkable talent and determination, culminating in their first-ever World Series championship and igniting a deep passion for baseball across the state; and

Whereas, The Detroit Lions, led by head coach Potsy Clark, displayed remarkable skill and tenacity, achieving their first NFL championship victory and etching their names in football history, instilling a sense of pride and unity in the hearts of Michiganders; and

Whereas, The Detroit Red Wings, guided by head coach Jack Adams, showcased their unwavering dedication and teamwork, securing their first NHL championship and paving the way for future successes, forever leaving an indelible mark on the state's rich hockey tradition; and

Whereas, These historic achievements not only brought immeasurable joy to the people of Michigan but also united communities and instilled a sense of resilience and hope during challenging times; and

Whereas, It is fitting and proper to honor and recognize these exceptional sporting achievements by designating April 18 as Champions Day in the state of Michigan, a day to celebrate the extraordinary accomplishments of Joe Louis, the Detroit Tigers, the Detroit Lions, and the Detroit Red Wings during the memorable sports season of 1935; now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the House of Representatives, That the members of this legislative body declare April 18, 2024, as Champions Day in the state of Michigan. We encourage the people of Michigan to commemorate the exceptional accomplishments of Joe Louis, the Detroit Tigers, the Detroit Lions, and the Detroit Red Wings during the historic sports season of 1935.