NORFOLK, Va. --- The Hampton Roads Sports Commission, an affiliate of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce, recently hosted the first-ever Hampton Roads Corporate Challenge, held from April 19-23, 2016. Just under 50 companies participated in the inaugural event, which featured eight different sports including basketball, bowling, cornhole, golf, kickball, ropes course, tug of war and a 5K race. It was an opportunity for companies to compete against other companies from around the region to focus on team building, employee engagement, health/wellness and fun networking.
Bryan K. Stephens, President and CEO of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce stated, “The recent Hampton Roads Corporate Challenge, organized by the Hampton Roads Sports Commission, was a huge success and sparked a new type of fun and excitement for our business community in the region. According to all the participants, the event was very enjoyable and rewarding and significantly enhanced organizational teamwork and morale. We hope you will encourage other companies to compete next year. This is a great event!”
Optima Health, winners of the Hampton Roads Corporate Challenge Cup, included, "Optima Health was proud to take part in the inaugural Hampton Roads Corporate Challenge. As a company that strives to improve health every day, we enjoyed the fresh air and physical activity, while competing on a friendly level with fellow local businesses. We look forward to next year's Corporate Challenge and encourage other companies to join in the fun."
Companies were competitive all week and teams who finished in first, second or thirdplace in each sport received trophies and medals. Additionally, all participating teams received points towards their weekly total based on where each team finished per sport. The point totals were then added all together to determine the top three highest overall winners. The top three overall companies also won money for a non-profit of their choice. Some of the non-profits receiving donations include the American Heart Association, Multiple Sclerosis, WalkMS and tHRive- the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Organization. Congratulations to the top three teams that were crowned overall champions:
Overall Grand Champions: Optima Health - 3,680 points
Overall Runner up: Buffalo Wild Wings – 3,130 points
Overall 3rd Place: 360IT Partners – 1,980 points
“Thank you to the business community for embracing the inaugural Hampton Roads Corporate Challenge,” said Lauren Bland, Executive Director of the Hampton Roads Sports Commission. “My favorite part of the event was seeing front line employees compete on the same team as their executive employees. This was truly an event to improve company teambuilding, office morale and health/wellness in a unique and fun atmosphere. We’ll see you in 2017!”
Thank you to the following sponsors for making the Corporate Challenge successful: Optima Health, 360IT Partners, Virginia Natural Gas, and Music Makes You Happy Entertainment. We appreciate your support in our inaugural year!
Founded in February of 1999, HRSC has focused on endorsing Hampton Roads as an attractive and attainable location for national and international amateur sporting events. The Sports Commission has generated more than $227 million in economic impact for the region since 1998. The organization has successfully managed the AAU Junior Olympic Games (1998, 2001, 2006, 2010, 2015), the Red Cross Heroes Games (2003, 2004), and the National Senior Games (2003), among many others. It is the mission of HRSC to strategically attract, create and host high caliber sports events, while fostering city cohesiveness and enhancing the economy, image and quality of life for the region. For more on the Hampton Roads Sports Commission, visit the HRSC’s home on the Internet at www.hamptonroadssports.org. Don’t forget to become a fan of the HRSC on Facebook and follow @HRSC757 on Twitter!
Lauren Bland, HRSC Executive Director
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