Advocate editorial board opinion: Get ready for 2013 YMCA Corporate Cup Challenge
On your mark, get set, go! It's time to sign up for the 2013 YMCA Corporate Cup Challenge.
Since 1986, the YMCA has brought together companies in our community to compete in a fun-filled fellowship with the opportunity to build teamwork as well as get to know your neighbors in our community. The event is a fundraiser for the youth programs at the YMCA.
Signing up early is important for conditioning. The 27th annual Corporate Cup will begin Sept. 9 and run through Sept. 21. However, to be fit and conditioned by game day, team members must prepare now. The YMCA is offering a free, three-month membership to the YMCA for up to 40 team members from a participating company.
We encourage businesses to take advantage of this offer - get fit for free - and sign up early for this unique, team-building experience.
Through the years, the YMCA has had as many as 45 teams from 33 companies participating in events ranging from softball to swimming, from basketball to balloon toss, from broad jump to bunny-hop sack races. Each year, this family-friendly event, which is now spread over a two-week period, brings together employees and employers in a cordial competition to boost relations between businesses and promote community involvement focused on heath and fitness.
Businesses from around the area have pulled out their sneakers and donned their team T-shirts to vie for the 40-inch-tall, silver-plated trophy that is the grand prize in these Olympic-style games. Companies such as the BP Green Lakers of BP Chemicals dominated the early years in Division II, with the likes of Union Carbide's "Top Guns" from Division III and Carbon/Graphite Group's "Graphite Gamblers" from Division I.
But the glory must have been sweet when Citizens Medical Center's "Code Red" team came back in 2005 and 2006 to take the Division III championship after going 16 years since their original win in the 1986 opening games.
Last year's division champions were Regency Nursing, who is new to the winner's circle, and DeTar Hospital, who also dominated in the 1990 games.
Teams consist of people who are 18 years or older and employed by any company, business or organization in Victoria, DeWitt, Lavaca, Jackson, Calhoun, Refugio and Goliad counties. Spouses of employees as well as contract labor and part-time personnel are also eligible as long as they are supplying a required service through Sept. 21.
There are three divisions based on the company size: Division I consists of companies with 125 employees or fewer, those with 126-400 employees are in Division II, and companies with more than 401 employees are Division III. Two companies or businesses can combine to enter a team. Together, the companies must have a combined total of 125 or fewer employees. For more details, go to ymcavictoria.org or call Rosalinda Ramirez at 361-575-0511.
"We hope that Corporate Cup will not only provide healthy, fun activities for businesses but will also serve as an opportunity that enhances community spirit," said Chris Seilkop, CEO of the YMCA.
We encourage businesses to come together, not only in support of the YMCA and all they do for youth programming but also in support of team building, in support of promoting health and fitness and, last but not least, in support of building community. Let the games begin.
This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.