NORFOLK, Va. --- The Hampton Roads Sports Commission, an affiliate of the Hampton Roads Chamber, recently hosted the second annual Hampton Roads Corporate Challenge, held from April 12-22, 2017. About 60 companies participated in the event, which featured nine different sports including basketball, bowling, cornhole, golf, kickball, ropes course, tug of war, volleyball 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 stated, “The recent Hampton Roads Corporate Challenge, organized by the Hampton Roads Sports Commission, was a huge success again this year. This unique weeklong event sparked a new type of fun and excitement for our business community in the region. According to all the participants, the event was both fun and rewarding, significantly enhancing 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 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.
This year’s charity partner was the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia. Companies collected non-perishable food items and donated funds to provide over 2,500 food items/dollars. In addition, the top three overall winners with the highest cumulative point total won money for the charity of their choice.
Congratulations to the top three teams that were crowned overall champions:
Overall 1st Place: Optima Health
Overall 2nd Place: Pembroke Commercial Realty
Overall 3rd Place: 360IT Partners
“Thank you to the business community for embracing the 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 2018!”
Thank you to the following sponsors for making the Corporate Challenge successful: Optima Health, 360IT Partners, Dave & Busters, Cox Communications, Virginia Beach Field House, Virginia Eye Consultants, Arrington Coaching, Russell’s Heating & Cooling, Virginia Natural Gas, Flat-Out Events 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