Registrations for Battle of the Businesses now available

Registration is currently taking place for the Jamestown Area YMCA’s 34th annual Battle of the Businesses taking place Sept. 10 through Sept. 17.

The battle consists of two divisions — a large division (with 121 employees or over) and the small division (with 120 employees or less). The divisions are made up of national and local-area companies, agencies or organizations.

The Battle of the Businesses places opposing teams against one another in fun-filled, action-packed, fun, and mentally challenging games, events and challenges.

Each year, over 1,000 employees wearing different colored team T-shirts compete in the battle.

The cost is only $800 per team to participate in all the events.

“It’s pretty amazing to be able to say that the Battle (of the Businesses) has been around the YMCA and our local community for 34 years,” said Tom Anderson, the branch manager for the Lakewood Family YMCA and the director of the Battle of the Businesses. “Each year I enjoy seeing familiar faces come back and people new to the event work together as a team outside of their normal work routines and get excited about their accomplishments over the 8-day competition.”

Events this year include one-pitch softball, 9-hole golf scramble, bowling, co-ed volleyball, roller skating relay, curling, women’s miniature golf, blacklight pickle ball, axe throwing, two-person Scrabble tournament, trivia quiz, 2-mile walk/run, corn hole tournament, scavenger hunt, sailing boat race, mystery event, talent show and banner-making contest.

The weeklong event venues are the Jamestown YMCA, Lakewood YMCA, Bergman Park, Jones and Gifford Park, Maplehurst Country Club, Jamestown Bowling Company, Northwest Arena, new comer Panama Rocks, Warren’s Pro Putt Mini Golf and Richard O. Hartley Park.

A team captains dinner meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 1, at 6 p.m. at the Southern Tier Brewery in Lakewood.

Complimentary summer memberships from now until Sept. 17 are also available to all company employees that are signed up to participate in the battle events. Current YMCA members are excluded from this incentive.

Sponsors include BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York, Greater Chautauqua Federal Credit Union and Eventz by Scott.

Battle informational packets can be emailed or picked up now at the Jamestown or Lakewood YMCA. The registration deadline is Aug. 1. Interested businesses can also contact Anderson at 716-763-0303 or via e-mail at smekus@eventzbyscott.com.


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