Challenge for Charity (C4C) is a MBA student-led non-profit organization that brings together nine West Coast Business Schools to support the Special Olympics, Boys and Girls Clubs, and local charities. Their signature event is the annual C4C Sports Weekend in Palo Alto. It’s an awesome time and one of the most cherished memories for many Foster MBA students. It’s my pleasure to introduce Erin Poulter, one the outgoing Challenge For Charity (C4C) co-presidents, who provides some great insight on what it was like to be at the C4C Sports Weekend this year!
That magical time of year was here again…Challenge for Charity Sports Weekend! 200 Dawgs (and Dawg supporters) made the trip to Palo Alto to participate in what is unanimously known as an MBA experience no Dawg can miss.
We kicked off Friday afternoon with softball, soccer, and football. People in purple attire were scattered around the Stanford campus cheering on their friends. It turned out to be an exciting evening for UW, with Jim Howes taking the crown in the Spelling Bee and Meredith Sciarrio and Hartley Riedner’s choreography to Uptown Funk bringing down the house. A little while later, UW stormed the court as the men’s basketball team (captained by Graham Mills) won the B league. This led to a Dawg procession to watch the final round of the trivia competition, where the UW team of Jared Wilkins, Scott Knackstedt, Libby Waterbury, Rick Hendricks, and Greg Seals, took home first place!
Saturday started early and was filled with fun, sports, and companionship. Co-ed softball, captained by Ryan Bedwell, took first place and a celebratory jump in the hotel pool!
Ultimate frisbee, led by Jessi Green, Vince Kearns, James Truitt, and Ben Troop, also placed first, which was sweet revenge for last year’s loss.
Dawgs could be found sitting in the grass and watching cricket or crowded around the beach volleyball courts. In the evening, Death Spiral (the Foster MBA band) brought down the house, with upbeat tunes and guest appearances from the Sax Man and Michael Jackson.
Despite coming in a close second to USC (UW won volunteer hours and USC won fundraising and sports), UW MBAs lived it up in Palo Alto. Whether on campus cheering and playing sports, at the pool with drinks and on floats, or partying it up downtown, the weekend was a time for celebration. This year the MBA classes raised over $118,000 and contributed over 3,000 volunteer hours to the Special Olympics of Washington and Boys and Girls Clubs of King County. Overall, many memories were made and the fire was lit to inspire next year’s cohorts to work even harder to bring home the coveted Golden Briefcase. Go Dawgs!
About the Author:
Prior to Erin’s enrollment in the Foster MBA program, she was a member of the New Orleans 2009 Teach for America corps. Erin taught special education in a K-8 charter school for two years and then spent two more years as the operations manager at the same school. Her concentration at Foster is in marketing. She is originally from New Jersey and received her BA in psychology from Colgate University, where she was also a 4 year Division 1 lacrosse player. For more on Erin Poulter, you can reach out to her via LinkedIn. To learn more about UW’s Challenge for Charity club, click here!