Challenge offers opportunity to build for today, tomorrow

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“Coming together is a beginning.

Keeping together is progress.

Working together is success.”

- Henry Ford

If you’re looking for a unique and fun way to develop teamwork and hone your team building skills, consider entering a team or two in the Boys & Girls Club’s Third Annual PeakCO All-Star Challenge.

The event, which is scheduled for July 16 at Memorial Park, features eight competitions: tug-of-war, basketball shoot, volleyball, an obstacle course, relay race, crazy sumo wrestling, brain drain and team chaos. In addition to providing a way for folks to work together outside the standard office setting, the PeakCO Challenge also generates much needed funding to advance the work of the Boys & Girls Club of the Pikes Peak Region.

Participation isn’t limited only to businesses or corporations. Clubs, military groups, families, churches and other community organizations are welcome to enter one or multiple teams.

Ten teams participated in the inaugural event, which was won by a team from the Air Force. Last year, the number of teams doubled to 20 and Acordia took home the PeakCO Challenge Cup. This year the Boys & Girls Club is hoping to again double participation and host 40 teams at the event.

“We are very proud of how this event has been embraced by the corporate community,” said James Sullivan, executive director of the club. “We have an event that gives companies the opportunity to do some team building while having an absolute great time. If you like to compete, the Boys & Girls Club has the event for you.”

The entry fee is $1,000 per team. A second team from the same company or organization costs $500; and every other team from the same group is $300.

Sponsorships are available for those businesses that want to not only show their support for the Boys & Girls Club, but also want to take advantage of having their company promoted among the participants. Title sponsorship will run you $15,000. Presenting and official sponsorships are $5,000 and $2,000 respectively. Sponsoring any of the eight events costs $1,500.

The Boys & Girls Club’s mission is “to inspire and enable all young people, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.”

There are four branches of the club in Colorado Springs which serve more than 5,500 young people. The cost of an annual membership to the club is only $5.

The PeakCO Challenge is Colorado Springs’ only corporate challenge, team building event. And while the proceeds will definitely benefit a good cause, the benefits to participating organizations should not be overlooked. The opportunity to network with your peers (or perhaps even your competition) and interact with your coworkers might well pay dividends for years to come.

Vince Lombardi might have said it best: “Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.”

Those of us who are members of teams or companies are surely trying to do our part. The Boys & Girls Club is doing its part by making sure we care about and invest in the children that will be tomorrow’s leaders.

If your interest is in any way “peaked” or if you’d just like more information than you know can be included in this column, contact Carrie Benson at the Boys & Girls Club. She can be reached by phone at 570-7077 or by e-mail at

Mike Boyd is editor of the Colorado Springs Business Journal.