BE A PLAYER!
Much success is achieved by just showing up, goes the saying, and the same is true for the upcoming Kansas City Corporate Challenge 2017. The City is competing in this year’s Olympic-style event against some of the largest corporations in the metro area. For several years the City of Kansas City, Missouri teetered on the bottom of our division. In 2014 KCMO placed 19th out of 20 teams in Division A. By 2015, we had moved up to 15th place in Division A with 20 teams still participating. Last year we made a significant jump from the previous year. We fought and we fought hard! We doubled our participation and moved up to eighth place with only sixteen teams in our division.
“The City has an incredible field of extremely hard working and talented employees,” said Troy Schulte, city manager. “If our employees show the kind of talent, camaraderie and competition they have showed in the past couple year’s games, I believe we can win a lot of medals again this year! We got game, so let’s play.”
And, remember, you can’t play if you don’t sign up!
“Sports do not build character. They reveal it.” — John Wooden
Here are the details:
First you’ll need to register. The KCCC website and registration is a little different this year (it’s a new site), so you’ll need to create a brand new account.
- Click on Create an Account
- Choose the company name from the drop down (City of KCMO)
- Enter our company password: kcmo119
Create a profile and sign the 2017 KCCC electronic waiver
We need competitors, volunteers, and we need people to cheer on our competing teams. Please pass this on to co-workers and retirees.
After you register and select your events, you may need to attend a few practices or tryout. A kick-off walk and tailgate party will be held on April 7 and the other events will be held throughout April, May and June. Don’t worry if the slots for a particular sport look like they are already filled. Chances are good there will be a tryout or you’ll find other fun events with empty slots. Also, consider a volunteer position, if you’re the non-competitive type. Volunteers earn points, too.
You must register by Friday, March 3 for 3-on-3 basketball, darts, disc golf, dodgeball, fishing, flag football, golf, pool, racquetball, 3v3 soccer, softball, table tennis, tennis, volleyball and weightlifting.
You must register by Friday, March 31 for all other events and the spirit team. (To register for the spirit team, select the Volunteer option.)
All new participants will create a profile, using our company password kcmo119 to login and sign the 2017 KCCC electronic waiver to register, including those who are interested in being volunteers. We get points for volunteering so please consider being one of our 2017 volunteers. Volunteers must register, as well. The site lists both individual and team sports, which range from the traditional (track, swimming, basketball, etc.) to disc golf, dodgeball and tug of war. The Kansas City Corporate Challenge is free, and you’ll receive a team T-shirt for your participation. There is no fee to participate, but you must register. The sooner the better! Last year wellness incentives were given to those representing the City of Kansas City, Missouri in competition of two or more events. City retirees also are eligible to participate, so pass the word on.
“My goal is to get people competing in all 29 events,” said Yvette Tunley, the City’s Corporate Challenge coordinator. “We’re competing against companies like NKC Hospital, Quest Diagnostics, H&R Bloch, Truman Medical Center and Commerce Bank. We need to show them what we’re made of!”
Most events are divided according to age and gender, and medals are awarded to the top three finishers. The top eight companies in each division receive extra points, too!
The City of KCMO is the only Corporate Challenge participating company to give an extra free day to its employees for their participation in Corporate Challenge. To earn a City of KCMO Corporate Challenge Free Day (CFD), City employees will need to do one of the following:
- Participate/compete in/coordinate two events (i.e. walk and swimming) OR
- Participate/compete in/coordinate one event (i.e. walk) and participate on a spirit team OR
- Participate on 3 spirit teams OR
- Earn a gold/silver/bronze medal in one of the qualifying events.
Tryouts/practices do not count. You must represent the City in a Corporate Challenge event, coordinate a City team in a Corporate Challenge event or represent the City on one of the assigned City of KCMO spirit teams.
Employees participating in the City’s official Kansas City Corporate Challenge competition may earn an extra vacation day. View the wellness day ordinance.
Time to get ready for the games!!! You can find rules, dates, etc. at www.kccorporatechallenge.com.
The Kickoff Walk and Block Party are scheduled for Friday, April 7 from 4-8 p.m. at the Truman Sports Complex. For those of you who haven’t attended the kickoff before, you are in for a treat! (It’s a great time, not to be missed!) This event is lots of fun with more than 15,000 people in attendance each year with companies having separate tailgate spaces for their employees. This event is open to everyone—employees, families, friends, etc. Plans for the City’s tailgate space is soon to be underway. More information will be sent to those registered for the Corporate Challenge at a later date.
For more information, please contact:
Yvette Tunley at firstname.lastname@example.org or 816-513-1945
Tina Weatherspoon at Tina.Weatherspoon@kcmo.org or 816-513-0184
Lisa Czubak at email@example.com or 816-513-1347
Colleen Doctorian at firstname.lastname@example.org or 816-513-1377