Corporate competitors from 18 teams took over Fountain Square Thursday, July 10, for the seventh annual Cincinnati Corporate Olympics.
Wearing wacky hats and playing such loopy games as The Late-for-Work-Again Relay and The Pyramid Scheme, teams from Cincinnatis most prominent corporations raised $52,000 for Hamilton County Special Olympics, bringing the seven-year total to nearly $450,000. Each team was paired with a Special Olympics athlete, who competed in each game and shared in the prizes of the winning teams.
Patron sponsors of the event were Lazarus, 12 WKRC-TV and Xavier University, all long-time supporters of Hamilton County Special Olympics. The first-place trophy went to the P & G Juggernauts team from Procter & Gamble, for the second year in a row. Xaviers DArtangans Companions placed eighth of the 18 participating teams.
Federated Department Stores Inc., the games founder, and KeyBank/Gradison McDonald Financial Group presented the 2003 Cincinnati Corporate Olympics.
The event has grown so quickly and has helped Special Olympics become much better known in our community, said Carol Sanger, vice president, corporate communication and external affairs, Federated Department Stores. Cincinnati Corporate Olympics is the most successful fund-raiser for Hamilton County Special Olympics. It says a lot for the corporate support in this city.
Hamilton County Special Olympics is solely dependent on local funding, and all the money raised by Cincinnati Corporate Olympics is used in the county. The organization provides 25 different year-round sports and recreational activities for nearly 2,000 athletes with mental and developmental disabilities in Hamilton County.