West Michigan Corporate Challenge Encourages Competition and Camaraderie

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Here’s a fun way for planners and businesses to get their clients and employees more physically active.

Meijer State Games of Michigan created the Sept. 5-8 West Michigan Corporate Challenge to take place at various venues throughout the greater Grand Rapids area.

The challenge “is a multi-sport event, similar to the Meijer State Games of Michigan, but for the corporate community, that will bring coworkers together for a series of fun events earning points toward the Grand Champions Trophy,” say Eric Engelbarts, Meijer State Games of Michigan executive director.

There are four divisions based on the total number of West Michigan employees (full-time and part-time; employees must be 18+ years old) registered by each company.

The Corporate Challenge is designed so that companies can be competitive with as few as 10 participants or bring as many as 100 participants to share in the competition. Spouses of employees are welcome to participate.

Sporting competitions include bubble soccer, disc golf toss, extreme archery, football accuracy toss, golf scramble, kickball, obstacle course relay, parallel parking, soccer shootout and tug of war. 

Participation activities include a cycling tour and the kickoff event. The charity competitions include a blood drive, clothing drive and food drive. Other events are a family fun zone, tailgating contest and uniform contest.

Participants earn points based on performance in each sporting competition, charity event and physical activities. The company with the highest point total in each division will be awarded the Grand Champion Trophy for the year. Trophies will be given to first-, second- and third-place teams in each division.

Venues include the Art Van Sports Complex (pictured above), StoneWater Country Club and Rosa Parks Circle.

For a complete schedule of events and locations, details on sponsorship opportunities and challenge registration forms can be found online

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