Sports are good for our quality of life – they keep us healthy and teach us about teamwork.
BUILD TEAM SPIRIT WHILE HELPING OTHERS AT CORPORATE CHALLENGE
Want to build some team spirit with your co-workers while supporting good causes?
Put your competitive streak to good use and enroll your company in the West Michigan Corporate Challenge Sept. 5-8!
The event encourages West Michigan businesses to get active through friendly competition and camaraderie by competing in events to earn points toward the Grand Champions Trophy.
Companies compete in one of four divisions based on the number of employees (employees must be 18+ years old) – whether as few as 10 participants or as many as 100. Spouses also are welcome to participate.
Here are three reasons why your company should sign up for the inaugural West Michigan Corporate Challenge.
1. Have fun.
Whether you’ve always wanted to try Bubble Soccer, you’re ready to pump up your team at the Tailgating Competition or you’re looking for one more reason to hit the golf course this year, the West Michigan Corporate Challenge has something for everyone in the office. While it is a competition, having fun and being a part of the company team is more important than athletic ability. With 12 competitive sports and four participation events, there are plenty of ways for everyone of all athletic abilities to help the team earn points.
Competitive events include Archery Tag, Bubble Soccer, Disc Golf, Football Accuracy Toss, Golf Scramble, Kickball, Obstacle Course Relay, Parallel Parking, Soccer Shootout, Tailgate Competition, Tug of War, Uniform Contest and a Golf Scramble. Participation events include volunteering, charity drives, a cycling tour and kickoff to corporate wellness.
2. Give back.
The West Michigan Corporate Challenge is not only about getting out and active – it also rewards teams for giving back to West Michigan. Teams also can earn points by giving to these great organizations:
Michigan Blood – Help save lives by donating blood.
Points will be earned based on which company saves the most lives – and no matter what, you earn 25 points for donating blood! More importantly, just one donation has the potential to save three lives and only takes 7-10 minutes. Contact Michigan Blood at 866-MIBLOOD to schedule your donation.
Kids’ Food Basket – September marks the beginning of the new school year, a busy time for the Kids’ Food Basket as it works to ensure kids in West Michigan get proper nutrition to be successful in school and life. Earn points for your team while helping kids in West Michigan get the nutrition they need by bringing in wish list items the day of competition at the Art Van Sports Complex (1 point per item donated for 100 points max per team).
Heart of West Michigan United Way – Poverty affects many in West Michigan, and the Heart of West Michigan United Way invests in reducing poverty in the region. Your team can earn points by donating to Heart of West Michigan United Way, with the team goal
determined by company size. All funds stay in Kent County and are invested into programs to increase family stability, educate youth, and build financial security for individuals and families.
And just by participating in this event, you are supporting the mission of the nonprofit West Michigan Sports Commission and Meijer State Games of Michigan – the organizations managing the West Michigan Corporate Challenge. This event helps us continue to attract and host sporting events that foster economic development and improve the quality of life in West Michigan.
3. Build relationships.
Getting everyone out of the office for fun activities can help re-energize your team and improve collaboration. The challenges create a low-stress environment where there are no budgets, deadlines or customer demands, allowing coworkers to build camaraderie.
But increasing camaraderie within your own office is not the only way to build relationships during the Corporate Challenge. Getting to know your competitors can also be a great way to meet new clients, start a partnership between companies or just get to know more people in West Michigan. Competing in a Tug of War together or playing each other in Archery Tag is a great icebreaker for connecting with new people.
So what are you waiting for? Organize a team and register today to compete in the West Michigan Corporate Challenge. The registration deadline is Aug. 17, and team registration fees are based on the size of the company. As readers of the West Michigan Sports Commission blog, we are offering 10 percent off the registration fee using coupon code CC10 at checkout. For more information, visit our website.
Look forward to seeing you out there!
I truly enjoy the social connections made possible by organized sports.
Eight years ago, my husband, Andy Vidro, and I got the idea to organize triathlons in the Grand R