Flexing Six Packs for Shiny Plaques at Corporate Sports Challenge
Published on June 14, 2013 by arothstein
Once a year, companies from all over the region volunteer their most athletically-gifted employees to cash in on all their time spent at the gym at the annual Corporate Sports Challenge. This is not only a chance for Broadview University-Orem’s staff and faculty to show the world their inner Usain Bolt or Mckayla Maroney, but it’s also a great opportunity to network with community partners.
Sponsored by Kids on the Move, Broadview competed against such companies as Action Target, Adobe, BidSync, Corporate Alliance, Intermountain Health Care, KeyBank, Sam’s Club, SpinGo, Xlear, and others for the chance to win an award—and of course, to earn the respect and recognition of other teams.
Various sporting events were set up all over the fields of Utah Valley University, including basketball, rock climbing, golf tee-off, disc golf, dodgeball, soccer, eliminator relay, kickball derby, laser tag, and the grand finale event: tug-of-war.
As this annual event gets started, employees can be seen busting out of their work attire—Superman style—to reveal T-shirts and shorts, otherwise known as the uniform of champions. These people may work together, but this event is not work. Everyone is free to let their competitive natures fly, along with a bit of trash-talking, if needed.
Hidden personality traits that no one knew existed tend to reveal themselves at this event. The receptionist who is normally very quiet and shy at the office is suddenly yelling at her teammates like an enraged soccer mom. Bill, the slightly overweight janitor, is kicking trash rather than emptying it. The boss just told everyone that she was once the head cheerleading captain in high school, after which she did a back handspring that verged on Olympic medal territory.
But it’s not all about off-the-charts team spirit and Redbull-induced back handsprings. This event also gives companies a chance to connect with each other and build strong community relationships.
“It’s a great opportunity to network and rub shoulders with potential future employers,” said Broadview student and staff member Andrew Whittle, who was part of the team this year.
After a long day of bonding with coworkers through various sporting activities (or yelling at them, depending on the amount of competitiveness in the team), it was time for the final event of the day: tug-of-war. Broadview does not have a great track record with this event—unless people falling to the ground and getting dragged across the field by their fingernails is considered noble. But this year was different. We actually won the first two rounds of tug-of-war, breaking new ground rather than sliding across it.
Awards are given at the end of the day based on the best overall scores of all the teams at each event. In 2011, Broadview took home an award for kickball, and in 2012, we received an award for being the oldest team (hey, it was better than nothing!). This year, we took home an award for disc golf.
Engaging with the community is one of Broadview’s top priorities and we will continue to seek out opportunities to do so for years to come, especially if it adds to our shiny plaque collection.
By Ashtyn Creel
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