“There’s just something more special and meaningful when you get to get to compete, I mean really compete, with your co-workers against other workforces,” said Jacob Giffin, the Village of Obetz team captain at the 2018 Community Cup. “You band together in a way you didn’t know you could with people that you see nearly every day.”

Looking for a team-building exercise that’ll be challenging, collaborative and bring out the passion in your organization? Sounds like your team ready for a corporate challenge.

The Community Cup, presented by The Columbus Foundation, is a one-day corporate challenge that allows Central Ohio organizations to work together on the field to see long-term benefits at the office. Participating companies will build camaraderie and personal connections between colleagues while getting outside to play a variety of games. Whether you’re unveiling a little hidden athletic talent or just showing off your best celebration dance, The Community Cup will feel like anything but normal day at the office.

Still not sure if it’s the right fit for your organization? Here’s five benefits of corporate challenges that you may not have considered:

  1. All your work is done on the field

Community Cup

Goodbye to-do lists, emails and conference calls! A corporate challenge is the perfect way to pause your workload and get your head in the games. With 13 events ranging from One-Mile Walk to Wiffle Ball Home Run Derby, there’s an event for every level of competitor at The Community Cup. We can assure you that getting outside to play classic field day games with your co-workers will be a welcomed break from your daily grind.

  1. Your office becomes a tailgate tent

Community Cup Tailgate Tent

The fun and games of a corporate challenge won’t end with the events, either. Victories may be made on the field, but they’re planned and prepped in your Giant Eagle Tailgate Zone tent. This is where your team will recharge and regroup throughout the day, so you’ll be able to bring chairs, music, drinks and decorations to keep the team going throughout the day. Taking advantage of Giant Eagle catering will amp up the experience even more.

  1. Discover your competitive side

Community Cup

It’s not every day that you get to show the world just how wonderful it is to work at your company, so why not take advantage? Whether your organization is vying for its first Community Cup title or coming back to defend bragging rights, there’s nothing wrong with letting your competitive side show on the field. Corporate challenges are a great way to bring a little company pride back to the office on Monday.

  1. Business casual is truly casual

Community Cup

Trade your slacks for athletic shorts and throw on the sneakers you’d never wear to work. Corporate challenges provide an opportunity to go beyond even the most casual Friday. For the second straight year, Community Cup teams are encouraged to show off their creativity with the t-shirt design contest, sourced by Ares Sportswear. This is a chance to show off your individuality so that even if you don’t win the Cup, you can still be the best-dressed team on the field.

  1. Bring your family to work

Community Cup Family

Why deprive your friends and family of all the community fun? The Community Cup encourages family members to join in the corporate challenge by making supportive signs or being there when you cross the 5K finish line. The Family Fun Zone will also provide an array of activities and snacks to kids throughout the day so everyone can enjoy the competition.

After a fantastic first year, The Community Cup will be back for year two on Sept. 28 at Otterbein University. If you and your organization is interested in taking on the challenge and bringing the Cup (plus bragging rights) back to your office, visit columbuscommunitycup.com for more information. Interested in learning more about The Community Cup? Attend one of our FREE Lunch and Learns!

We can’t wait to see your organization play, conquer and claim the Cup!