TQL Charlotte LAETs Go For Gold
On the heels of the 36th anniversary of the Miracle on Ice – arguably America’s finest Winter Olympic moment - TQL Charlotte carried the torch for athletic glory.
Al Michaels may not have been there screaming “Do you believe in miracles? YES,” but there was still plenty of excitement as the Red Jaguars took the gold medal in Team Charlotte’s LAET Olympics.
The games came down to the final event Friday afternoon, the obstacle course.
Pedro P. – named MVP after taking first in both the pie-eating contest and pop-a-shot competition – said office Olympics were a new experience or him, but one he enjoyed.
“It was very intense down to the wire,” he said. “It was great seeing how everyone came together. We had great team camaraderie, cheering our teammates. It’s a great balance with the hard work we put in, just to have a chance to blow off some steam.”
Six teams of six – drafted by SGLs and named for teams made famous on Nickelodeon’s Legends of the Hidden Temple game show – competed in six events contested over two days Feb. 25 and 26.
First-day events included opening ceremonies - complete with Olympic flag and a torch - as well as hula hoop, long putt and basketball challenges.
Day two featured the human drama of a water balloon toss, pie-eating contest and the obstacle course.
“We really wanted to do something big and fun and to get the newest people in the office mixed in,” said SGL Jake N., who organized the games.
Jake is one of those newbies himself. He left the Erlanger (KY) office for Charlotte in November, working and training with the soon-to-be founding members of TQL Greenville.
The Red Jaguars – as well as any office members who wore red in support – receive a free lunch. The entire office celebrated the games with a beer drop to cap the closing ceremonies.
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