When you put most members of our staff into a win-or-lose situation, you tend to awaken the spirit of competition within us pretty easily. And as about a dozen of us proved last night, that’s true of everything from basketball to board games.
Six Thunder teams took part in the annual Scrabble Showdown, benefiting the Oklahoma City Metro Literacy Coalition. The double-elimination tournament pitted teams of two against each other in timed Scrabble challenges until a victor emerged.
Though our results were mixed, it seems that practice really does make perfect when it comes to this manner of wordsmithing. Our highest-finishing team, taking fourth place, consisted of Ashley and Sarah from our accounting department. The pair had been spotted going head-to-head in Scrabble matches over lunch leading up to the tournament; they even showed they meant business at the event, dressing in T-shirts from our last big office competition, the Corporate Challenge.
Regardless of the results (and that’s tough to say, given that I’m just as competitive as the next person around here), the Thunder’s participation helped raise funds for an organization that’s committed to addressing a broad range of literacy issues and working to raise the bar of functional literacy for more Oklahomans.
Now, if only my teammate and I hadn’t left that one triple-word score wide open …
- Karina Henderson