5th Annual Jonesboro Corporate Games

April 7, 2006 – Posted at 3:45 p.m. CST

JONESBORO, AR -- For some folks in Region 8, casual Friday might mean jeans. But for a select group, Friday was the day to break out the shorts and tennis shoes...and the paint ball guns and life vests.

It only takes bragging rights to get these Jonesboro businesses motivated.

"It's really a fun atmosphere; everybody kind of competes at once. And for a big traveling trophy they get to keep in their office for a year," said Jason Wilkie of the Jonesboro Parks and Recreation Department.

This year's corporate games featured 15 teams competing in seven events...everything from paintball...to a little canoeing while chasing a football...and then there's the human foosball.

"It builds morale within the team and it gets everybody working as teams. We had meetings and discussed our strategies before hand. It helps build morale within the team," laughed competitor Steve Wright of B & C Diecast.

"It's a good way to network to meet a lot of people from some of the other companies and businesses. It's also a good way for us to have a good time with each other outside of the work environment," said Rhonda Gibson of Ritter Communications.

And if team work is the key to winning, well then, it's all in good fun.

"It's going to be funny! We're going to video it, we're going to take pictures and we are going to have some good memories of it, if nothing else," laughed Gibson, "We're going to have fun, when it's about fun, we're going to try to win...pretty competitive group, but definitely about fun."

"It's really a great corporate atmosphere and the chance for businesses to have a casual day at work and do a team building exercise," said Gibson, "It's really more about team building then it's about winning or competing because all the events are wacky and fun."

Proceeds raised from Friday's games will go to help fund the City Star's Program and the ASU PEM Club.