United Way seeks teams for Clark County Community Challenge Weekend

Pickleball will be one of the events at the United Way Community Challenge this year. Bill Lackey/Staff

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Pickleball will be one of the events at the United Way Community Challenge this year. Bill Lackey/Staff

United Way of Clark, Champaign, and Madison Counties has opened registration for its 2nd annual Community Challenge Weekend.

The first version of the Community Challenge Weekend ran for 10 years and then took a 13-year break before beginning again last year in a revised format.

“When we decided to bring the event back, instead of just doing corporations and companies, we included community groups, even families because we wanted to make the event very inclusive,” Executive Director Kerry Pedraza said.

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The weekend begins with a golf scramble on Sept. 8 at Reid Park Golf Course at 8 a.m.

“The golf scramble has been such a mainstay, and people love it,” Pedraza said. “And some people who can’t get away for the Community Challenge can make it to the golfing scramble. Last year we had a record turnout, close to 33 teams.”

The Community Challenge will begin on Sept. 9 at Snyder Park at 7:30 a.m with the 5k registration.

The rest of the day will include pickleball, volleyball, tug-of-war, and cornhole challenges.

Company or community groups can register for just one event or as a challenge team.

“The goal of the event is to really bring the community together in a fun and active way while also working together towards the goal of living united. It’s also the kick off of the United Way campaign,” Pedraza said.

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Last year there were 18 groups that did various events and 15 teams. This year the United Way is hoping to bring in over 20 groups.

In addition to the challenges, there will be food trucks and a DJ at the park. There will also be a supervised kids’ area with face painting, water balloon tosses and bounce houses.

“This year we changed the locations of events within the park so that there’s a central hub with the DJ, food, and company tents so that it’s easier and more accessible to get places,” Pedraza said.

On July 13 United Way will host a Night at Mother Stewart’s, 109 W. North Street, to discuss more about the Community Challenge, register teams and also kick-off the Pacesetter Campaign.

Registration for the Community Challenge Weekend opened June 29 and closes Aug. 18.


HOW TO GO

What: United Way Community Challenge Weekend

When: Sept. 8 and 9

Where: Snyder Park

Events: Pickleball, corn hole, volleyball, tug of war, 5K run and golf scramble

For information: call United Way at 937-324-5551 or visit uwcommunitychallenge.org.

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