Executive Golf to Kick Off Morning Activities at D.C. Corporate Sports Games
What’s a corporate sports competition without what legendary author Mark Twain termed “a good walk spoiled?” Well, when the D.C. Corporate Sports Games gets underway at Spingarn High School in downtown Washington, D.C. on Saturday, May 31 for the benefit of Team Up D.C., company executives (at the Director Level or higher) will launch the competition with a putting contest at adjacent Langston Golf Course. Each individual will have 10 opportunities to sink their shots from predetermined marks to give their teams the first competition points of the day. “Business and golf go hand-in-hand, so what better way to kick off our event than with a round of executive golf?” asks Ed Davies, Executive Director of the DC Children and Youth Investment Trust (CYITC), the prime beneficiary of the event. “With so many major professional tournaments, public and private courses and country clubs here in the National Capital area, we wanted to find a way to incorporate that element into our competition.” Scheduled to run from 7:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., the DC Corporate Sports Games will take the form of an Olympic style competition involving 17 serious and fun athletic activities ranging from track events and sack races to field goal kicking and tug of war. Each team consists of a minimum of 10 competitors, equally split between men and women. The event kicks off with a procession of teams into the stadium and concludes with an awards ceremony where the best team wins a trophy and earns bragging rights … until next year.
Have you ever wanted to kick a field goal? Navigate a hockey obstacle course before burying a wrist shot? Or nail as many jumpers as you can within 30 seconds?
Thanks to the D.C. Corporate Sports Games, which takes place Saturday, May 31 from 7:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at Spingarn High in downtown D.C., now you can. After the morning track-and-field session and obstacle course relay, individual sports stations will come alive on the athletic field’s synthetic turf. Six sport-specific stations will challenge the skills and talents of individual participants in football, soccer, basketball, hockey and whiffle ball through the following events: · Basketball Hotshot: One man and one woman will see how many shots they can make out of ten with a 30 second time limit. · Hockey Obstacle Shootout: Two players from each team, one man and one woman, will each negotiate an obstacle course before shooting a street hockey ball into an empty net. · Football Throw: One man and one woman from each team will see how many footballs they can toss through a target out of ten throws with a 30 second time limit. · Field Goal Kick: One participant from each team will see how many field goals they can convert from 10, 20, 25, 30 and 35 yards out in a 30 second time period. · Soccer Kick-it: One man and one woman will each take ten shots to see who scores the most goals from various angles and distances in a 30 second time limit. · Baseball Smash: One woman and one man will each hit three whiffle balls off a tee for distance, Each event will be worth competition points. When added to the others, final team scores will produce an overall champion.
Fed Bid Captures Championship in Inaugural D.C. Corporate Sports Games For Benefit of Team Up DC, a Division of D.C. Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation
Despite falling to the host team, Team Up DC - a division of D.C. Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation, in the semifinals of the Tug of War, FedBid, a fully managed online marketplace for government and commercial sales, emerged victorious during the inaugural D.C. Corporate Sports Games, which took place this past Saturday, May 31, at the Spingarn High Athletic Fields in Northeast Washington, D.C.
By capturing four first place finishes among the 18 competitive events, Fed Bid edged out Team Up DC by a score of 140-128. Representatives from the Sport & Health Clubs finished third with the World Police & Fire Games front office staff ending up fourth. Modell’s Sporting Goods, Tax Firm WTAS and Safeway Stores rounded out the competition field.
A half-day event contested on a brilliant sunny day under generally cool and comfortable conditions, the 2014 DC Corporate Sports Games consisted of events that tested the athleticism of all its participants, along with some rather unusual skills. The flipper relay, for example, required athletes to wear swimming flippers then run 60 meters before exchanging their accoutrements with teammates. Similar events – including the waiter relay, the noodle relay and the hippity hop relay – served as the sources of laughter and stories-to-be-exchanged around the water cooler while building competitive bonds within individual teams and among competitors.
“This was a spectacular way to launch what we know will become a major, ongoing annual event,” said D.C. Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation’s (CYITC) Executive Director, Ed Davies. “All the teams that participated enjoyed a great day of competition and camaraderie, and learned first-hand why events such as these are valuable ways to build corporate bonds.
We can’t wait to do it again, next year!”
The day opened with a round of executive golf at Langston Golf Course, captured by Fed Bid. After the opening ceremonies and an Olympic-style procession, Sport & Health dominated the track events, earning first place in the 240-meter relay, the waiter relay, the hippity hop and the Washington Sports relay (where competitors had to exchange a Capitals jersey, Wizards shorts, a Nationals cap and a Redskins football) while taking second in three other events. FedBid captured the Obstacle Course while Sport & Health took first place in four of the six field events. Team Up DC, meanwhile, scored consistently enough all day long to “hang around” the leaders such that their triumph in the event finale, the Tug of War, was sufficient enough to leapfrog the company over World Police and Fire Games and Sport & Health into a second place finish.
The festivities ended with an awards ceremonies, with medals presented to first, second and third place finishers in each event.
Proceeds from the event benefit Team Up DC., a division of CYITC, dedicated to improving the quality of youth sports programs in the District, thereby increasing the opportunities for positive outcomes for over 40,000 participating youth.