Friday, December 18, 2015

2016 MSU Basketball Recruiting Class

Miles Bridges, Joshua Langford, Nick Ward, and Cassius Winston all signed their letter of intent to play basketball at Michigan State University on the first signing day on November 11, 2015. The recruiting class is a Michigan Light because they signed on the first day and have a passion to join the championship culture of Michigan State Basketball.

They will join the team for the 2016-2017 college basketball season. The following is a video from Courtside Films on Bridges/Langford/Ward/Winston.

The following is the current vital statistics on the 2016 MSU Basketball Recruiting Class.

  • G/F Miles Bridges, 6-7, 225 (Flint/Huntington Prep in West Virginia)
  • SG Joshua Langford, 6-6, 205 (Huntsville, Alabama/Madison Academy)
  • F/C Nick Ward, 6-9, 235 (Gahanna, Ohio/Lincoln High)
  • PG Cassius Winston, 6-0, 165 (Detroit/U-D Jesuit High)
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Friday, August 2, 2013

Miles Kerr

Lcpl. Miles Kerr is 19 years old and from Charlevoix, Michigan. Lcpl Kerr was running The Jeff Drench Memorial 5K at the Venitia Festival in Charlevoix, Michigan on Saturday, July 27, 2013, when he noticed a 9 year old boy named Brandon Fuchs was struggling. The boy asked him for help and Lcp. Miles Kerr finished the race with him (Source). Lcp. Miles Kerr is a Michigan Light because he helped him and finished the race with the boy.

Here is a video of the Fox News story where Lcpl. Miles Kerr is helped the young boy finish the 5K race in Charlevoix, Michigan.

Foxnews Insider explained the scene like this:
The boy had become separated from those who he had started the race with. He asked Lcpl Kerr, 'Sir? Will you please run with me?'. Througout the course, Lcpl Kerr urged him on when the boy wanted to give up and ensured that the boy saw the course to completion where he was reunited with his party (Source).

Special thanks to Lcpl Miles Kerr for being a Michigan Light in this Charlevoix 5K run for this boy who was in need. Lcpl. Miles Kerr is a fitting representation of the armed services personnel from Michigan.

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Saturday, December 22, 2012

Calvin Johnson, Jr.

Calvin Johnson, Jr. is a Wide Receiver for the Detroit Lions. Calvin's nickname is "Megatron". He was born in Newnan, Georgia and played his college career at Georgia Tech University. Calvin Johnson, Jr. is a Michigan Light for his role in starting a charity to help youth in Detroit as well as Atlanta.

Football Career: Calvin Johnson has demonstrated success with the Detroit Lions.  The Detroit Lions picked him with the 2nd overall pick in 2007. His career statistics are on his player page at  On March 14, 2012, Calvin Johnson signed a 7 year contract extension that will keep him a Detroit Lion through the 2019 season (Source). On December 22, 2012, Calvin Johnson broke the record for most receiving yards in a season that was previously held by Jerry Rice (Source).  It's not too early to start mentioning the Detroit wide receiver as a future hall of famer.

Charitable Work: In May, 2008, Calvin Johnson formed the Calvin Johnson, Jr. Foundation to help youth in Atlanta and Detroit. His charitable focus in 2010 was to help Metro Detroit graduating senior football players with college scholarships (Source). Here is a video where Calvin Johnson announces his foundation.

To keep up with Calvin Johnson on Social Media be sure and follow his Official Twitter Account @Bigplaycj. You can also visit Calvin Johnson's Wikipedia Page.

Special thanks to Calvin Johnson, Jr. for being a Michigan Light. His contribution to Michigan has brightened the day of many a Detroit Lion fan of all ages and his charitable work is making a difference for youth in Detroit and Atlanta.

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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Tom Gores

Tom Gores is an American billionaire with Michigan roots. He has homes in Beverly Hills, California and Gross Ille, Michigan. Tom Gores is a Michigan Light because on June 1, 2011, he purchased the Detroit Pistons, and he is making their improvement a priority.

College: Tom Gores graduated from Michigan State University in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management (Source).

Detroit Pistons: On June 1, 2011, Tom Gores became the new owner of the Detroit Pistons, a franchise in the National Basketball Association. On July 11, 2012 it was announced that Tom Gores and his company Palace Sports and Entertainment are investing $13-$15 million in upgrading the Palace of Auborn Hills, the home where the Pistons play as well as the venue for many popular concerts in Southeast Michigan (Source).

Here is a news video of Tom Gores relishing the opportunity to be an "impactful" owner who works with the community toward the success of the Detroit Pistons.

Wikipedia: You can find more information on Tom Gores at his Wikipedia Page.

Philanthropy: Tom Gores has donated to many charities, including in Michigan he and his brother Alec donated $250,000 to Genesee High School in honor of Tom and Julia Joubran's 50th wedding anniversary in 2002 (Source).
Special thanks to Tom Gores for his help in making Michigan and the Detroit Pistons the best they can be. We look forward to hearing great things in the future from this businessman and Michigan Light.  

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012


Megabus is adding a Michigan route with service between Detroit and Chicago with stops in East Lansing and Grand Rapids. Previously Megabus only had Michigan service in Detroit and Ann Arbor through to Ohio. Megabus is a Michigan Light because of how this new route will help open up more travel options for people in Michigan at an affordable price.

Megabus will be offering travel options 3 times a day in each stop on this Detroit-Chicago route. Fairs start at $1.00 and must be purchased on the Internet.  I went on the Megabus website and researched fares and to go round trip from East Lansing to Chicago in less than a week's advance purchase time the cost is $15.00. The fewer tickets sold on a route the lower the price.

The Megabus website says, "Our luxury single and double deckers offer free wi-fi, at-seat plug ins, panoramic windows and a green alternative way to travel (Source)."  For information on Megabus' expansion in Michigan read this article at

Social Media:  You can follow @Megabus on Twitter

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Sunday, July 8, 2012

Hudsonville Ice Cream

Hudsonville Creamery and Ice Cream Company (Hudsonville Ice Cream) is located in Holland, Michigan in Ottawa County. The Hudsonville Creamery company started in 1895 in Hudsonville, Michigan and began making their now famous ice cream in 1926.  Their slogan is The Coolest Taste to Share. Hudsonville Ice Cream is a Michigan Light because they have made it a priority to use local Michigan ingredients to offer a delicious product to Michigan citizens.  They are a cool tradition in and for Michigan.

Hudsonville Ice Cream offers both permanent and seasonal ice cream flavors. Their ice cream is distributed exclusively to all parts of the State of Michigan and to select parts of nearby Indiana, Ohio, and Illinois. Several of Hudsonville Ice Cream's flavors are inspired by Michigan places or traditions like Grand Travers Bay Cherry Fudge, Mackinac Island Fudge, Michigan Deer Traxx, Sleeping Bear Dunes Bear Hug, Pure Michigan Carmel Apple, and Tiger Traxx (named after the Detroit Tigers Major League Baseball Team). New flavors are regularly created and in April, 2012 the company announced the creation of 5 new flavors (Source). 

Hudsonville Ice Cream made a commitment to stay in West Michigan in 2009 when they did significant expansion of their plant operations in the midst of tough economic conditions in the state. Here is a video about the expansion and some new flavors that were introduced in 2009.

The history of Hudsonville Ice Cream can be found under an Our Story section of their website. Their official website is at Here is a video presentation on the workings of Hudsonville Ice Cream.

Social Media: You can follow Hudsonville Ice Cream at the following social media pages.

Special thanks to Hudsonville Ice Cream for being a Michigan Light. Remember as you take time to enjoy their cool ice cream in the hot Summer weather, Hudsonville Ice Cream gives you the taste of a dairy product made in Michigan.

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Photo: The photo in this post was taken by Alan Stokes from a real Hudsonville Ice Cream product found in his freezer.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Bob Hoffman

Bob Hoffman is the Public Relations Director for the Wharton Center in East Lansing, Michigan and is also a motivational speaker. Bob Hoffman started a movement called in 2009 in order to spread kindness, after he was rudely cut off by another driver on a Michigan roadway. Bob Hoffman is a Michigan Light because of how ePIFanyNow has been the catalyst for spreading good to people in Michigan.

You can get to know Bob Hoffman better through his website at Bob Hoffman describes himself this way on his website:

I have a quote in my office that reads “How you spend your days is how you spend your life.” I remind myself to spend my days smelling the flowers, listening to great music and singing along, reading by the fire, enjoying my family and friends, belly laughing, having a good cry, letting go of the negative, reading positive quotes, going to the movies, visiting with the elderly who can teach me so much… (Source)
Here is the video of a CBS Evening News Story on Bob Hoffman's work at ePIFanyNow.

According to the group's Twitter page ePIFanyNow works like this: "We gather large groups of people together and ask them to go out into the community to do random acts of kindness. Then, we gather to share our stories (Source)!"

ePIFanyNow has biannual events where participants are encouraged to spread random act of kindness. The events started in the Greater Lansing, Michigan area and have expanded to other areas of Michigan. Bob Hoffman's dream is for the concept to catch on across the United States.

Events: ePIFanyNow will have an event on Sunday, August 19, 2012 from 2:00-6:00 at Bud Kouts Chevrolet located at 2801 E. Michigan Avenue, Lansing, Michigan (Source).

Social Media:  You can follow Bob Hoffman's work at at the following social media.
Special thanks to Bob Hoffman for passing kindness forward.  His positive attitude and leadership in this helpful movement called ePIFanyNow is a bright light for Michigan.  For additional information about ePIFanyNow, contact Bob Hoffman at 517-230-8807 or or visit:

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