San Francisco’s annual Corporate Kickball tournament was a smash hit this year, bringing together 11 local companies from across the Bay Area for a fun day filled with friendly competition, cheer-offs and high fives. Through the sponsorship of 24 Hour Fitness, Conestoga-Rovers and Associates, Cupertino Electric, DPR Construction, Holland & Knight, Hot Studio, Metrovation, Salesforce, and TM Financial Forensics, Playworks San Francisco raised thousands of dollars to support school programming in 26 schools across San Francisco, Marin and the Peninsula.
The competition was fierce in the first three games, the outcome of which determined placement within the final tournament. All the competing teams gave it their absolute best, but 24 Hour Fitness dominated the competition and won the elusive Silver Cup, impressively remaining undefeated for the sixth year in a row.
This year, newly introduced awards for Best Team Cheer and Most Spirited Team contributed to friendly competition between teams and added to the jovial nature of the day.
While many fabulous cheers could be heard throughout the day, TM Financial Forensics was ultimately awarded with Best Team Cheer. Reinforcing the fun-spirited nature of Playworks, Metrovation was honored with the Most Spirited Team award. Though the whole day featured outstanding athletic performances by all in attendance, Jeff Waite (playing for 24 Hour Fitness) was voted the Most Valuable Player. Of course we could not have had this competition without the oversight of our referees, the Most Vaulable Referee being awarded to Matt Gaughen, an all-star program coordinator from San Francisco.
Finally, DPR Construction deserves a shout out as winners of the Good Job, Nice! Try bracket.
To ensure our athletes’ stamina, a delicious meal was catered by Tacolicious and the fun was fueled by a generous beer donation by Gordon Biersch.
A portion of the day was dedicated to raising money specifically for bags of school equipment for the 26 Bay Area schools served by Playworks San Francisco. The corporate teams generously donated a combined total of $2,200, enabling the purchase of 22 new equipment bags! Of course it’s not too late to contribute to the cause and provide one of our remaining schools with a new bag of equipment for the upcoming school year.
Overall, corporate kickball was a huge success, the event allowed attendees to showcase the best aspects of Playworks culture: respect, inclusion, healthy play and healthy community were experienced by all as local companies participated in the name of play.