Playing on a sports team can be fun AND instructive! Just ask the folks from PwC, Baxter, Deloitte, Resolution Life and Accenture. Together with their host, Capital One and their CapAbilities Network, professionals from all of these companies recently got a “taste of” Unified Basketball with our athletes.
Each team was composed of three corporate and two SOILL athletes who played in a round robin Basketball tournament at DePaul’s Ray Meyer Fitness & Recreation Center. Capital One came out victorious in a nail-biter against last year’s tournament champion, Resolution Life Insurance, while Accenture earned the prize for highest fan attendance, “our teams and fans had a wonderful time!” says Accenture team captain, Brynne Miller.
The athletes had an equally fantastic time playing basketball and teaching their corporate teammates that determination, skill and good sportsmanship are universal. Live music, an impromptu dance party and the antics of the Sky Guy from the WNBA team, Chicago Sky, added to the festive atmosphere of an incredible friend-and-fundraiser.
The event was a true demonstration of what our athletes can do on and off the court and we are grateful to Jennafer Palumbo of Capital One for creating the opportunity for them to shine. Jenna confirms the philosophy of her company and the event, “We are thrilled to support the mission of the Chicago Corporate Cup, and hope to continue to support Special Olympics initiatives dedicated to promoting a more inclusive society, specifically as it relates to the workplace.” Yes!