Corporate challengers ‘efficient as hamsters’ raise support for The Learning Center

Wayne Hepworth of the Merrill Lynch tries to roll a water roller ball across the Washington County Community Center, Aug. 14, 2015 | Photo courtesy of Janie Belliston, St. George News

WASHINGTON CITY — Teams from local businesses faced off at Washington City Community Center, 350 Community Center Drive in Washington, Friday for a corporate challenge event that raised almost $3,000 for The Learning Center for Families and over $7,000 of in-kind support. All proceeds went to help the nonprofit agency, which aims to help children succeed “one family at a time,” provide services to families on their waiting list.

The Mountain America Credit Union team, which won the challenge, in the Washington County Community Center, Aug. 14, 2015 | Photo courtesy of Janie Belliston, St. George News
The Mountain America Credit Union team, which won the challenge, in the Washington County Community Center, Aug. 14, 2015 | Photo courtesy of Janie Belliston, St. George News

TLC Development Officer Janie Belliston said in an email that the most memorable moments of the night were watching the water roller balls rotations, where team members crawl inside large inflatable balls and attempt to roll to the end of the pool and back.

“(We) were watching grown adults flopping around inside the water roller balls trying to be as efficient as hamsters and failing miserably,” she said. “People on the sidelines yelling, ‘you’re going the wrong way!’ and trying to coach them on different strategies to get the best time — it really was funny.”

Participating businesses sent teams to compete in nine different sport rotations in the challenge, Belliston said. Represented were Corporate Alliance of Southern Utah, InfoWest, The Neal Group at Merrill Lynch, Therapia Healing Centers, Mountain America Credit Union and weBoost. Each rotation was 15 minutes and consisted of pickleball, dodgeball, an obstacle course, track relay, sand volleyball, tug of war, a hoop shoot challenge, a rock wall and water roller balls.

The Mountain America Credit Union team took first place, Belliston said. Each member received a medal, EarJax headphones, a 3-month family pass to the community center and five extra raffle tickets for the grand prize drawing. A member of the InfoWest team won the raffle prize worth over $400, a 2-hour hot air balloon ride for six.

The programs and assistance TLC offers are several; for example, child development screening, hearing and vision checks, therapy and learning programs for infants and toddlers with special needs. The center serves families in Washington County and the Arizona Strip, Arizona.


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The challenge event went smoothly with 75 people attending though, Belliston said, she underestimated how competitive it was going to get. Next year she expects to have more precise rules and double the number of teams, she said.

For more information about The Learning Center for Families, visit the center’s website linked here.

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