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GRAND HAVEN, MICHIGAN IS HOME OF THE ANNUAL COAST GUARD FESTIVAL WHICH UNOFFICIALLY BEGAN IN 1924 AS A COAST GUARD PERSONNEL ONLY PICNIC WHEN THE LOCAL COAST GUARD STATION HELD ROWING COMPETITIONS FOR THOSE SERVICE MEMBERS STATIONED AT THE BASE IN GRAND HAVEN.  THE OFFICIAL

COAST GUARD FESTIVAL DIDN'T BEGIN UNTIL 1937, WHICH CONSISTS OF A TEN-DAY EVENT PACKED SCHEDULE THAT STARTS IN THE LAST WEEKEND OF JULY AND ENDS IN EARLY-AUGUST.  WITHIN THAT TEN-DAY FRAME, NEARLY 300,000+ PATRONS ATTEND THE FESTIVAL, INCLUDING THE NATION'S HIGHEST-RANKING UNITED STATES COAST GUARD DIGNITARIES FROM WASHINGTON, DC.  ULTIMATELY, THE PRIMARY FOCUS OF THE ANNUAL FESTIVAL IS TO HONOR THE COAST GUARD AND THOSE WHO SACRIFICED THEIR LIVES IN THE SERVICE OF THEIR COUNTRY.

DUE TO GRAND HAVEN'S RICH CULTURE REVOLVING AROUND THE UNITED STATES COAST GUARD, IN 1998, PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON ENACTED PUBLIC LAW 105-383 IN COORDINATION WITH THE COAST GUARD CITY PROGRAM ESTABLISHED BY THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS TO DESIGNATE AND RECOGNIZE CITIES WHERE MILITARY ASSETS OF THE UNITED STATES COAST GUARD ARE LOCATED & WHICH CITIES DEMONSTRATE SUPPORT TO COAST GUARD PERSONNEL STATIONED THERE.  IN DOING SO, GRAND HAVEN, MICHIGAN WAS APPOINTED AS THE FIRST OFFICIAL

COAST GUARD CITY, USA ON NOVEMBER 13TH, 1998 HONORING THE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE CITY.

IN LIGHT OF THE AFOREMENTIONED HISTORY, IN 2019, THE BEAUTIFUL CITY OF GRAND HAVEN, MICHIGAN - WELCOMED A NEWLY FORMED SEMI-PROFESSIONAL SOCCER ORGANIZATION ALONG THE SHORELINE OF LAKE MICHIGAN, THE

GRAND HAVEN ADMIRALS.  THE ADMIRALS MONIKER IS DERIVED FROM THE RANKING SYSTEM ESTABLISHED BY THE UNITED STATES COAST GUARD.  AN ADMIRAL IS ONE OF THE HIGHEST-RANKING OFFICERS APPOINTED WITHIN THE UNITED STATES COAST GUARD AS THE LEAD COMMANDER OF A FLEET AND/OR NAVAL SQUADRON.  DUE TO GRAND HAVEN'S EXTENSIVE HISTORY REVOLVING AROUND THE UNITED STATES COAST GUARD AND THEIR ESTEEMED LABEL AS COAST GUARD CITY, USA - THE ADOPTION OF THE ADMIRALS MONIKER PAYS RESPECT TO GRAND HAVEN'S CULTURE AS A COAST GUARD HUB FOR THE UNITED STATES.

WITH THAT BEING SAID, THE GRAND HAVEN ADMIRALS HOPE TO PROVIDE A FIRST-CLASS ORGANIZATION ON AND OFF THE FIELD THAT THE CITY OF GRAND HAVEN CAN BE PROUD OF AND SUPPORT FOR MANY YEARS TO COME.  THE ADMIRALS'

MISSION AS A TOP-TIER ORGANIZATION REVOLVES AROUND THE CONCEPT OF A PARTNER AND FAN-ORIENTED EXPERIENCE WHERE THE SUPPORTERS FEEL LIKE OWNERS WITHIN THE CLUB.  ULTIMATELY, THE GRAND HAVEN ADMIRALS ARE HERE TO PROVIDE ENTERTAINMENT AND A POSITIVE EXPERIENCE FOR FANS AND SUPPORTERS ALIKE WHILE PROVIDING A PLATFORM FOR BOTH LOCAL COLLEGE ATHLETES AND POST-GRADUATE PLAYERS TO CONTINUE THEIR PLAYING CAREERS.

AS OF 2021, THE GRAND HAVEN ADMIRALS CURRENTLY ROSTER A MEN'S OUTDOOR TEAM IN THE UNITED PREMIER SOCCER LEAGUE (UPSL) AND A WOMEN'S OUTDOOR TEAM IN THE UNITED WOMEN'S SOCCER LEAGUE 2 (UWS2).

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