Roger Munford 2017-01-24 03:47:23
Bringing Home The Gold MORE THAN 7,000 ATHLETES REPRESENTING COMPANIES FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD WILL GATHER NEXT NOVEMBER IN HOUSTON TO COMPETE IN THE WORLD CORPORATE GAMES. ALL PLAY AND NO WORK! Building on its growing reputation for hosting national and international sporting events, Houston will host the World Corporate Games in November 2017—only the second time the games have been held in the United States. Janis Burke, CEO of the Harris County–Houston Sports Authority (HCHSA), is part of the team that lobbied on Houston’s behalf to attract the games. “This is our opportunity to showcase Houston’s diverse sports landscape to the world,” said Burke. “We worked alongside both the U.S. and World Corporate Games to build the groundwork and bring the games to Houston.” The World Corporate Games were first held in San Francisco in 1988 as part of a global sports movement to encourage everyday athletes of all ages to compete in teams representing their companies. Since then, more than one million athletes from more than 23,000 organizations— including Ernst & Young, IBM, PwC, and Shell—have participated. On November 16–19, 2017, more than 7,000 athletes from around the globe will descend on Houston to compete in more than 20 events, from golf and tennis to basketball and dragon boat racing. The four-day World Corporate Games weekend includes a fitness expo, a wellness symposium, and three days of Olympicstyle multisport events, offering employees a chance to represent their companies in fun, fitness, teambuilding, and competition. An opening ceremony and parade, a medal ceremony, celebrations, and parties are also part of the games experience. HCHSA will host the games at a variety of venues around the city, including Houston Sportsplex, 288 Lake, Emerald Lanes, and the Houston Badminton Center. At this time, the list of participating organizations is still being developed, “but we’ve had preliminary conversations with many corporations who are very excited about the games,” said Burke. HCHSA is anticipating “millions of dollars” of economic impact on the Houston area, she said. So after 25 years, why Houston? “As the fourth-largest city in the U.S., Houston has international appeal as it offers a wide range of diverse cultures,” said Burke. “We have warm year-round weather, as well as topnotch sporting facilities. Also key are Houston’s friendly and welcoming people, who value sports as an entertainment experience.” For more information, visit uscorporategames.org.
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