Flint has been known for its sports culture for decades. From the Flintstones – Flint natives who took the Michigan State Spartans Basketball team to the 2000 NCAA Division I Men's National Championship – to boxing stars like Claressa Shields and Tony Burton, Flint has produced some major athletes.
The city is continuing its sports culture with a variety of professional and semi-professional sports teams playing around the state, country and even internationally. Flint & Genesee is also a mecca for events that bring players from all around.
Luckily for locals, these games happen right in their backyard. Flint & Genesee sports teams and events are also a great reason to visit the region.
Check out these sports teams and sporting events happening in Flint & Genesee:
Flint City Bucks
The USL League Two National Champions came to Flint in 2019 and won their inaugural season. The Flint City Bucks, who play at Kettering University’s Historic Atwood Stadium, kicked off this season a few weeks ago. Soccer fans can catch a Bucks game June through August at the stadium and live on the CW26. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.flintcitybucks.com.
New this year to Flint, Flint United, part of The Basketball League (TBL), is a professional basketball team that launched its season in April and is making waves. The team has three more home games at the Dort Financial Center in June. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.flintunited.net.
The local OHL Hockey team’s season runs from September to March with many opportunities to catch a home game at the Dort Financial Center. With players from around the world, the Flint Firebirds play against teams in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Ontario, Canada. For more information on the team and to buy season tickets in advance, visit www.flintfirebirds.com.
Flint City Handball Club
New to Flint, the Flint City Handball Club is a different kind of sport playing at Berston Fieldhouse. A member of the USA Handball Team, the local sports team will compete against teams from Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania in the future.
The Ally Challenge presented by McLaren
In 2019, professional golf returned to Warwick Hills, home of the Buick Open, with the Ally Challenge – an official event on the PGA TOUR Champions. The three-day event, running August 27 – 29, features the golf tournament and a community concert with Little Big Town. For more information and to purchase tickets for this year’s event, visit www.theallychallenge.com.
HAP Crim Festival of Races
Since 1977, this annual road race has brought runners worldwide to run the 10-mile course through Flint. Although this year's registration for the Crim Festival of Races is adjusted to account for COVID-19 regulations, the event will happen in person on August 28 with an option to run the Virtual Crim throughout August. Those interested in running in the 2021 race in persona are encouraged to enter the registration lottery for a chance to participate. Lottery winners will be selected randomly in June. For more information, visit www.crim.org.