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Cooperation is the cornerstone of the return of the Live Downtown Games

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Detroit is a great sports town and a great philanthropic town so when the Live Downtown companies wanted to celebrate the anniversary of that incentive program it’s no wonder they chose sports and charity to commemorate the event.

And so the Live Downtown Games were born.

mwalker - 07-17-13 - RAL4NDEThat was last year. The Games are on again this year and the competition is fierce as the six Live Downtown companies face off in the second annual Live Downtown Games July 22-26. Those companies are Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Compuware, DTE Energy, Marketing Associates, Quicken Loans and Strategic Staffing Solutions

Live-Downtown-Opening-Ceremonies_2012The Games will kick off at 11 a.m. on Monday, July 22, with opening ceremonies in the heart of Downtown Detroit – Campus Martius Park – marking the two-year anniversary of the Live Downtown incentive program. The competition will be based on a point system with the winner crowned at the closing ceremonies on Friday, July 26.

“Michael Phelps once said ‘Don’t put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the further you get,’” said Cindy Pasky, chair of the Downtown Detroit Partnership, which coordinates the Live Downtown program. “That’s DDP’s philosophy and the same philosophy the six Live Downtown teams have as they compete in the Games.”

Live downtown games trophyOver the course of five days during lunch and following work hours, employees from each Live Downtown company will compete in a series of Olympic-style activities in various Downtown Detroit locations. The companies will also combine efforts to support educational achievement in the city of Detroit by filling 720 backpacks (120 bags per company) with school supplies for Detroit Public School students. Six teams will load up those backpacks on Tuesday, July 23. The winner will be the team that its 120 packs the bags quickest.

In addition, Chalkfly, a Detroit company providing business supplies, has set up a special portal for employees of the six companies to give additional supplies or cash to local schools. Chalkfly will give an additional 5% of each purchase to local Detroit teachers. In addition, each company will collect school supplies donated by its employees.

Employees will also have an opportunity to interact on Thursday, July 25 at a mixer event at Sound Board, sponsored by MCCH.

Last year, Detroit’s finest athletes from five major area employers showcased their talent and skills in the inaugural Live Downtown Games. The Games resulted in an intense, week-long competition between Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Compuware, DTE Energy, Quicken Loans and Strategic Staffing Solutions. Compuware took home top honors. This year, Marketing Associates joined the Live Downtown program and the Games.

“The collaboration among these companies, with the recent addition of Marketing Associates, continues to grow and serves as a shining example of what can be accomplished with cooperation and a sense of larger purpose,” said Dave Blaszkiewicz, president and CEO of the Downtown Detroit Partnership. “The 2012 games were a huge success, connecting people all around the city and contributing to the positive growth, momentum and sense of community within Detroit.”

Here’s quick look at the Live Downtown program. It’s a five-year, more than $4 million initiative that will provide cash incentives to employees who choose to move to Downtown Detroit and live where they work and play. Incentives range from a $20,000 forgivable loan toward the purchase of their primary residence for new homeowners to matching funds of up to $5,000 for exterior improvements for projects of $10,000 or more for existing homeowners. For new renters the program provides a $2,500 allowance toward the cost of their apartment in the first year. For existing renters it’s a $1,000 allowance for renewing a lease.

The program focuses on building density in Downtown and designated nearby neighborhoods: Corktown, Lafayette Park, Eastern Market, Woodbridge and the Midtown areas of Brush Park, Cass Park, Art Center, and Lower Cass. For more information on the Live Downtown program, visit http://www.detroitlivedowntown.org/.

Schedule of Live Downtown Games Events

Monday, July 22

11 a.m. Opening Ceremonies, Campus Martius Park

11:30 a.m. Executive Bungee Run, Campus Martius Park

11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m. Obstacle Course Team Competition, Campus Martius Park

5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Competitive Volleyball Tournament, Compuware, One Campus Martius

6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Table Tennis Tournament, Drive Table Tennis Social Club, 1441 Woodward Ave.

Tuesday, July 23

11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Philanthropy Day – Detroit Public Schools Back Pack Stuffing Relay, Compuware Atrium, One Campus Martius

5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Competitive Volleyball Tournament, Compuware, One Campus Martius

6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Table Tennis Tournament, Drive Table Tennis Social Club, 1441 Woodward Ave.

Wednesday, July 24

11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Field Day, DTE Energy Campus, One Energy Plaza

5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Competitive Volleyball Tournament, Compuware, One Campus Martius

6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Table Tennis Tournament, Drive Table Tennis Social Club, 1441 Woodward Ave.

Thursday, July 25

11 a.m. – 1p.m. Competitive Volleyball Championship, Compuware, One Campus Martius

Table Tennis Championship, Compuware Corporation

6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Detroit Scavenger Hunt and Employee Mixer, MotorCity Casino Sound Board, 2901 Grand River Ave. (Note: This event is not open to the public.)

Friday, July 26

11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Closing ceremonies with Live Downtown Games winner announced at Campus Martius Park

Daily updates will be posted at www.downtowndetroit.org/summergames/ and we’ll also have updates right here on DetroitUnspun. The official Twitter hashtag of the Live Downtown Games is #DETgames.

Come on down and watch the fun!

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