The tradition lives on!! MBA students from Penn State again participated in the Duke MBA Games, which raises money and awareness for the Special Olympics of North Carolina (SONC). Since 1989, teams from top business schools have enjoyed a weekend of friendly competition while positively influencing the lives of adult athletes, spending time with and encouraging them during athletic activities.
During the past 26 years, the event has raised over $2.2 million for SONC! In 2014, the Penn State team fundraised over $2.5K.
It was an action-packed weekend. On April 10, there was a social mixer where we could meet the teams we would be competing against during the weekend. The schools included: Carnegie Mellon, Maryland, Duke, Rice, Babson, UPenn, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Texas A&M, and Vanderbilt.
On April 11, our team participated in the optional events (Golf outing, Hash Run) as a warm-up to the actual events. Later that night, there was an opening ceremony to officially welcome us to the Games. Each team also performed a choreographed dance routine. Thanks to the direction of 2nd year MBA, Deramus Griffin, Penn State came in 4th place!
On April 12, the real fun began. We were able to greet our Special Olympic athletes, Kristin and “Birdman.” We were lucky to have them on our team for the 2nd consecutive year in a row. For those going next year, watch out for these two: Kristin is the ultimate prankster, while Birdman loves to put on a performance!
Throughout the day, we competed in many fun events, such as tug of war, business suit relay, briefcase toss, dizzy bat race, soccer relay, bean bag toss, and knockout. Penn State won the soccer relay thanks to a team comprised of Javier Bathen, Mike Bassani and Ray Banks!
After the fun-filled day, we were able to mingle and relax at a pool party before the Closing Ceremony. During the Closing Ceremony, we were shown a video that highlighted the funniest events of the day. We were also able to hear directly from the Special Olympians about how much fun they had with their respective teams. Later that night, we all celebrated at the White Party sponsored by the Duke MBA Latin American Student Association.
On April 13, we were able to say our goodbyes and prepare ourselves for the 8-hour road trip back to State College just in time for class on Monday. Remember, we’re still conscientious MBA students after all!
For more information about Duke MBA Games, please visit their website at http://sites.duke.edu/mbagames/weekend/
-Anthony Cheng, Penn State Smeal MBA ‘14