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LAA Club Games

How has this idea enhanced your club's operation, etc.?

The LAAC Games is a year-long, Olympic-style co-ed competition featured teams of ten members competing in nine events throughout the calendar year. The Games culminated with a Dinner of Champions where the Club Champions were awarded with a Blue Blazer.

The Blue Blazer, a tailored sport coat with the LAAC logo, entitles each Club Champion to happy hour prices at the Club for the entire upcoming year.

How was this idea implemented, and what have been the club members' reactions?

Members were encouraged to form teams of ten for the duration of the Games. The events took place once a month and included long standing club sports, such as 3x3 basketball, squash, handball, swimming, and racquetball, and new events, such as Great Lakes swim, ping pong, 5k run, and a fitness challenge.

Each event was organized by its respective club sport coordinator and was designed for all expertise levels so that all members could participate. Members earned points for participating in each event and earned extra points by finishing in first, second, or third place. At the end of the year, the team with the most accumulated points won the Blue Blazer as the Club Champion and was honored at the Dinner of Champions.

The purpose of the LAAC Games is to promote participation and camaraderie to our members. It also allows for members to try new sports at the club that were not a part of their usual routine. Because teams needed experienced players from all sports, the Games promoted different groups to mix and team together in order to better compete for the Club Championship.

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Cory Hathaway

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